The National, Thursday 06th of March, 2014
THE Nationwide Microbank (NMB) and the United Church in PNG (UCPNG) have trained more than 40 women to become trainers in financial literacy in Tari, Hela.
The two-day course was held last month.
The NMB team was led by manager women’s banking Gima Kepi with support from UCPNG development unit and the microfinance expansion project.
The course participants, who came from Porgera, Paiyaga, Tari, Pari, Huli, Tigibi, Haibite, Paiyangali, Yuhama, Magarima, Hiri and Panduaga, covered various subjects such as basic concepts on adult learning principles, money management, planning and others.
They were also introduced to NMB’s products and services, including micash mobile money.
During the closing ceremony, UCPNG’s Hela region Bishop Rev Wai Tege thanked NMB for the training programme alongside the setting up of the first micash agent in the province.
He praised the bank for giving the grassroots access to basic banking services.
NMB manager women’s Gima Kepi said she was confident that the Hela women leaders who took the training course were highly capable of replicating in their areas the basic concepts that they had learnt.
She promised to work closely with the women in setting up micash agents to enable the local people to have access to mobile money banking services.