Many craft-based small businesses begin with a lot of raw materials and creativity like seashell crafting.
For Solomon Islands with access to a good source of shells, such as around public and coastal areas, the opportunity to start a business might turn into a handsome profit.
The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWBA) had the privilege to have unique training linked through the Indonesia Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
The training which targets MSG countries comprised of creative basic lines of sea shells art and craft. A team of two experts in the area extended their skills starting from PNG, Solomon Islands and currently in Suva, Fiji.
Training was to deliver the skill to women sister organization in the chain of few MSG member countries.
Information and skills delivered covered how to use the appropriate technologies relevant to creating sea shell crafts, basic sea shells jewellery ideas, and the importance of utilizing and adding value to sea shells along the shores into craft making.
“This training is a first of its kind in sea shells, compared to our local process of sea shell crafting which may focus only on one species. The skills we gained accounts for crafting with different sea shells created into a master piece,” said SIWIBA member, Theresa Haeo.
The four days training which really highlights interests of the recipients develops rich ideas and more creativity for SIWIBA members.
The training was highly acknowledged and also highlights a good relationship with the Indonesian Embassy.
Training recipients now look forward to displaying and selling some of their sea shell crafts in SIWIBA’s upcoming Mere’s Market that will take place 7th to 9th October at the Art Gallery.
SIWIBA wish to acknowledge DFAT for the continuous support to SIWIBA activities.