Women’s Empowerment Business Training helps businesswomen effectively manage their businesses

Women’s Empowerment Business Training helps businesswomen effectively manage their businesses

Former president, José Ramos-Horta (Image/Tatoli)

DILI, 24 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta said the Women’s Empowerment Business Training Program helped Timorese businesswomen effectively manage their own small businesses to support the family economy.

“I would like to gratulate these 30 businesswomen who have attended the two-day training on ‘Women’s Empowerment Business.’ I hope that with this training, you can learn something valuable on how to successfully run your business to sustain your family economy. That’s why the President’s Office and IADE initiated this Women’s Empowerment Business Training Program to support our Timorese businesswomen,” President Horta made the comments during the handover ceremony of the certificates of the Women’s Empowerment Business Training at the IADE office in Dili, today.

He said Timorese women are smarter than their men counterparts, adding, therefore, the Women’s Empowerment Business Training Program would help mothers and young girls to run their own businesses to contribute to the family economy.

Horta stressed that women do not belong in the kitchen: “Thus, this training will help these businesswomen to run and manage their own business.”

“I will discuss with the government to put more money in BNCTL to support and increase the number of small businesses in the country to grow bigger. The government had allocated US$50 million to provide loans with only a three percent interest rate,” he said.

Horta called on the Timorese people to respect women in Timor-Leste society: “We need to treat women with respect as they are smarter than men to develop this country.”

At the same place, the Executive Director of the Institute for Business Development Support (IADE), Filomeno Marcelino Belo thanked President’s Office for collaborating with IADE to provide capacity building in small business management to Timorese businesswomen.

“Today, we have 30 trainees who have completed the two-day training. We also have another 30 trainees who completed the same training last week. We have two types of training programs. The first one is called ‘Business Game’. This training aimed to facilitate illiterate businesswomen on how to manage their businesses. The other type of training program is called Gender and entrepreneurship together (GET Ahead). This training is designed specifically for literate Timorese businesswomen,” he said.

Maria Madalena Suhartono, one of the trainees,  thanked President’s Office and IADE for supporting them with the Women’s Empowerment Business Training Program: “I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for all the support given by the President’s Office and IADE. This is a good opportunity for us to learn new knowledge and skills on how to run and manage our business effectively.”

In addition, Julia Leite Araujo, the trainer of the Women’s Empowerment Program called on President Horta to support them to improve their capacity in Women’s Empowerment Program training overseas: “This will help us to provide better training for our Timorese businesswomen in the future.”

Echoing Araujo’s statement, the President of the Republic pledged to send IADE’s trainers to improve their skills by attending training in Kupang, Jakarta, and Malaysia.

“The local government of Kupang had expressed its interest to support us. So, we will see how to help IADE’s trainers to have some training in the Women’s Empowerment Business in Kupang, Jakarta and Malaysia,” Horta said.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges


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