SULAM Abdelsamie paid her own way to fly from Brisbane, Australia, to Lae to attend the first-ever Women in Business expo held in the Morobean capital lastweekend.
Mrs Abdelsamie said it was money well spent.
Hailing from Wau, Morobe province, Mrs Abdelsamie is married to an agriculturalist who previously worked for the Department of Agriculture and Livestock in PNG.
The couple have lived in Brisbane for the past 30 years and run two family businesses – one farming herbs and the other a boarding lodge in the heart of Brisbane.
After a brief stint in the pig farming business two years ago, the couple purchased a hydroponic herb farm.
They now supply a variety of herbs to Coles supermarket chain.
Their produce is sold all around Brisbane, north Queensland and northern New South Wales.
“When running a family business you have to commit yourself 100%,” she said.
Mrs Abdelsamie said she was very impressed with the Women in Business expo.
“Times are changing and there are many opportunities for women to get out there and get themselves involved in business,” she said.
Next year, the expo will be held in Port Moresby.
Mrs Abdelsamie said she would be back.