The National, Wednesday October 16th, 2013
By SHIRLYN BELDEN
PUANA Aiga, a businesswoman from Vabukori Village in the National Capital District, can now grow her small business after becoming the third participants in the Supa V Stoa initiative.
Yesterday, Aiga and sponsors Supa Value Stoas, NCD Governor Powes Parkop, partners Bank South Pacific and Digicel celebrated the opening of her tradestore at the village.
Aiga will now become an agent for BSP and Digicel, providing the businesses’ banking and telecommunication services to customers at the village for profit.
Aiga became the third of the 17 participants from Motu-Koitabu and the first female to open a store under the K1 million funding arrangement with Parkop.
Head of BSP Rural Peter Komon said at the launch yesterday that as a BSP agent, Aiga would benefit fully from BSP’s smart business package.
“As a BSP Agent, Puana will benefit from BSP’s smart business package, electronic banking solutions and more importantly help in delivering BSP’s banking solutions right at the heart of Vabukori,” Komon said.
“Other Supa V Stoa operators have also undergone financial training to assist them in better managing their finances, something which is critical to the growth of their operations.”
Under the store programme, the participants will undergo financial training.
The Supa V Stoa is an initiative of the SVS Group of Companies.