Women advised to engage in business
By Martha David
Women in South Sudan have been advised to become entrepreneurs in order to develop their communities.
The call was made over the weekend by Jane Sorro, the Executive Director for Women Entrepreneurship Association in Juba.
The Women gathered under the umbrella of Women Entrepreneurship Forum to discuss business issues and recognize the role women play in nation development.
The event was organized by Brisker Magazine with support from the Embassy of Netherlands and British Council in Juba.
Madam Sorro said women involved in informal trade at the lowest level of production should be supported in order to expand their businesses.
She blamed challenges such as lack of financial services and lack of information on trade for slow development of women businesses.
“As we come together, we need to lobby for funds to cover what these women are lacking to increase their productivity and also to expand their business,” Madam Sorro said.
She encouraged women to save their money in banks to avoid getting lost. She also advised women to register their companies at South Sudan Women Entrepreneurs Association.
The founder and the Executive Director for Brisker Connect and Brisker Magazine, Thomas Manase said the objective of the forum was to recognize the roles of women entrepreneurs in the country and to encourage them expand their business.
Meanwhile the head of Hardworking Women Association Charity Rufus said the forum is important because it helps in networking and sharing experiences amongst business people.
She emphasized the need for capacity building trainings for women to enable them manage their business.
“Work is very exclusive because some women don’t have knowledge in business management so that they understand the importance of what they are doing and they can do it better,” Rufus said.
“We as women we shouldn’t depend on men, it’s not necessary whether you are educated or not,” she added.