THE famous Mere’s Market has been officially opened, Wednesday at the National Art Gallery.
Mere Market, organised for women by Solomon Islands Women in Business (SIWIBA) is part of the organisation’s activities aimed at empowering women.
SIWIBA aims to promote economic empowerment for women in the Solomon Islands and is always looking for opportunities to form new partnerships with business houses, government and NGO’s.
Mere Market is an opportunity for members to market their business as well as sell their goods and services.
Managing Director Dalcy Tekulu said that the Mere Market program is scheduled to take three days starting yesterday.
“We have a lot of talented women in the country but ways to expose their wealth of skills and knowledge is the problem, therefore this program is being organised for such skillfull women to come out with their products and sell them here,” Mrs Tekulu said.
She added that the ‘market’ has been hosted on several occasion already and it has proven to be very effective for women.
“There is no place for women to display and sell their skilled products, but the opportunity given to women to showcase their products through the Mere Market program should send a clear message, that it is a business movement, that needs proper shelter.
“A lot of skilled women in the country have been engaging in various small business activities but were not given a place to showcase and sell.”
A visit by this paper yesterday saw that there were many different kinds of products displayed at the venue.
The market has since been proved popular and is attracting public interest.
“Our aim is to encourage women who have skill and talents to materialize them for money,” she added.
By LESLEY SANGA