The story of Pacificana

Amanda is known for her Port Moresby-based local SME branded Pacificana, that designs and sells fashion products ranging from hair flowers and coconut earrings to dresses and bags sold throughout the Pacific and now in Cairns, Australia.

Originating from Baluan Island in Manus and Gabagaba village in the Central Province, Amanda was raised by her mum in Port Moresby.

Digicel empowers local SMEs with training

These skilled individuals were carefully selected based on specific criteria, including their existing knowledge of installation techniques and possession of required equipment.

In the response to the growing demand for efficient installation services and the need to enhance customer satisfaction the training was initiated and aimed to address critical issues such as installation turnaround time and the delivery of high-quality services by certified professionals.

'Hamamas Wear' empowers garment vendors

Thus, the ever increasing sprouting of Small-Medium Enterprises (SME) and vendor markets, illustrate the pursuit of money-making opportunities to make ends meet.

“Hamamas Wear” is a small but thriving SME owned by Manus woman Marolyne Hahu. It is a Lae-based SME. Merolyn, who lives on 7th Street, found passion in sewing after leaving formal employment.

Embracing ICT SMEs in NCD

The event had a slow due to power outage. Despite is setback, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Information and Communication Science space set up booths and stalls and were ready to get the program going.

NCDC Manager for social Services, Kila Dick, shared that the idea was to encourage more women get into the SME sector.


Support For Young Entrepreneurs

The deal was signed between the Small Medium Enterprise and Corporation (SMEC) and Save the Children.

The MoU now paves way for SMEC and Save the Children to support 15 young people, in Lae and Port Moresby, to receive entrepreneurial training and technical expertise.

SME Corporation managing director, Petrus Ralda, says: “We value this MoU. It’s very important for us because we have programs targeting youths throughout the country, programs targeting women and programs targeting people with disabilities.

Everyday People: Bolalava Vaia – 360 Galore

This is my third year of running my little SME ‘360 Galore’ and a lot of people have asked about it and the essence behind it is that in the future I won’t just be selling products within PNG but I’ll be selling products around the world.

SME Partners To Boost Online Shopping

CPL’s General Manager Finance, Nazar Shaffee, says the partnership will form PNG’s leading retailer’s service delivery options for its customers.

“Customers in Port Moresby and overseas can use their mobile phones to have their food, health and well-being products delivered to their homes and offices or to their friends’ and families’ during the festive season.

“We are happy to partner with an SME because we can say that we are helping small business, not only that but we also benefit in return and our customers have the convenience to shop online,” Mr Shaffee said.

Everyday People PNG : Shannon Pondriliki

Shannon is the Marketing Officer for Em Stret Space, a co-working hub for entrepreneurs. They work towards creating and fostering an inclusive innovative ecosystem for entrepreneurs by creating opportunities for startups, freelancers, aspiring entrepreneurs, students and SME’s to grow, develop and scale.

The E-Space marketing Officer says what she loves most about her job is, ‘Meeting new people’.

Shannon has worked with E-Space for three years now. She said a normal day at work would consist of her talking to many entrepreneurs.

Dinghies for ex-gang members

Eleven of the 20 dinghies were presented at the Tidal Basin on Sunday in the presence of residents from Papuan Compound, Bumbu and Hanta.

These vessels have been given to boost small business owners at wards 2 and 3 of Lae district – the communities living along the coastline of the city.

They will be used to transport betelnut and other commodities from ports like Popondetta and Finschhafen, to Lae.

Rosso said the vessels were presented following proposals from the recipients a couple of years ago.


SME Finance Finder Launched

Business Link Pacific (BLP) in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion (CEFI) yesterday launched the Finance Finder online tool.

BLP is a private sector development programme funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a New Zealand Aid Programme initiative honouring New Zealand’s commitment to supporting the economic growth of Pacific Island countries.