SME owner happy to promote work of Imbonggu mothers

Abba Clothing owner Henima Bara (left) with staff Joanna Kamano during the Arts and Crafts market at the Vision City Mega Mall amphitheatre in Port Moresby yesterday. – Nationalpics by KENNEDY BANI

A SMALL to Medium Enterprise (SME) owner says she is happy to promote local arts and the work of mothers in her local district of Imbonggu in Southern Highlands.
Owner of Abba Clothing, trading as Imbongu Bilums, Henima Bara, said in Port Moresby yesterday that she got bilum from the district and resold them in Port Moresby.
“So far, we have sold about 3,000 to 4,000 since the beginning of this year,” she said.
“We have about 100 coming.”
Bara said this while selling the bilum in an Arts and Craft market hosted by the Vision City Mega Mall which started yesterday and will end on Sunday.
“We have our shop at Unity Mall (in Port Moresby),” she said.
“We get the bilum from the mothers in the village, in Imbonggu, Southern Highlands. We sell them in Moresby but not only bilums.
“We complement them with blouses of the same colour.
“Ladies want blouses to go with bilum, it’s about fashion.”
Bara said supporting mothers in villages and encouraging the growth of SMEs was important.
“It’s about supporting mothers back home,” she said.
“I just stepped in to help the mothers because due to bad road conditions, market is not accessible.
“I am also working towards arranging with BSP (Bank South Pacific Financial Group) to open their accounts so money goes straight to their account.
“We have leaders there that supervise and look after the mothers and the supply of bilum.”