Barrick (Niugini) Limited (“BNL) Community Development Senior Officer Yutha Waisa said the training was targeted at marginalised community groups on skills development to encourage efficient management of their own resources, knowledge, time and money to create opportunities for financial independence and self-reliance at the household level.
“The training aims to develop thinking skills and good habits to enable participants to realise their full potential, identifying and developing useful and applicable skills to create meaningful livelihoods to sustain their family, community and improve economic development for the district,” Waisa said.
The Porgera WiB members received certificates in PV Level One (1) at the completion of the two-week training delivered by Port Moresby-based Entrepreneurial Development Training Centre (EDTC) trainer Karen Moses.
Participants Jenny Pulawa from Yarik village located with the Special Mining Lease (SML) area of the Porgera mine, together with Jennifer Tanda and Naomi Tapo were satisfied that they had learnt the basics of managing their time and resources such as money, and the opportunity of self-reliance that this training had made them realise.
“PV training has helped us a lot because we used to spend money unwisely. When we do business (street-vending), we always think about spending the money, but PV training has helped us to save up to expand our (small) businesses,” a very satisfied Tanda said.
The training covered topics basic income generating principles which included taking are of the family, how to engage in small street-vending business activities, budgeting time and money, as well as other basic life skills.
Porgera WiB president Elizabeth Iarume thanked BNL for recognising the need of the WiB members to acquire the training.
“You wanted us to get a good knowledge and facilitated with the trainer,” Iarume said.
BNL Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Operations Manager Timothy Andambo and Community Relations and Engagement (CR&E) Alternate Manager Meck Minnala were on hand to witness the certificate presentation ceremony.
“The decision you made to at least spend two weeks of your special time, I think it’s a quality investment. So congratulations to you all.
“BNL has a new dimension, new change…what is there in the community is important. We must give it (trainings) to them that they can look after themselves.
“Before it was like ‘we’ll do things for them. Now we will help them do things for themselves. This is called Change of Dynamics,” Andambo told the women executives of groups affiliated to Porgera WiB.
The Porgera miner has so far facilitated five Level One (1) PV training sessions for members of the Porgera community, local business entities, community-based groups and organisations.