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"When we invest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else.” Melinda Gates

The lack of reliable light limits people in undertaking daily activities such as business, reading, schoolwork, and household chores. It also increases safety and security risks for families as darkness provides an easy cover for crime during the night. Solar lighting and energy technology presents a significant opportunity to provide clean, sustainable and durable lighting solutions to off-grid communities in PNG.

Via Phase 1 of our Strongim Meri Bisnis project, we work with eight Women’s Groups that have been established across three provinces in Papua New Guinea: New Ireland Province, Oro Province, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Each women’s group is provided with a start-up capital investment and a training programme and KTF provides ongoing support and mentoring to the women.

Our training program focuses on small business skills, including basic bookkeeping and accounting, marketing and sales, and reinvesting profits back into the business. We also provide important literacy training and training in the ongoing maintenance of the solar products that the women are selling.

Phase 2 of the project sees a new product introduced. Women’s Groups will produce and sell feminine hygiene kits - called “Pawa Packs” - at an affordable and accessible price, earning an income for improved livelihoods, and creating pathways to education, health and improved wellbeing for women in the rural communities.

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