March 23rd, 2018
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Enhancing women entrepreneurs' skills emphasised
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Speakers at a function stressed the need for developing women entrepreneurship in the country and enhancing their skills through various programmes, as now there are a number of organisations providing credit facilities to them.

They said women need to be financially solvent for ensuring their economic empowerment and establishing rights in the society.

The speakers said these at the certificate awarding ceremony of a training programme titled 'Beautification and Beauty Parlour Management' at a city hotel Thursday.

The Small and Medium Enterprise Foundation (SMEF) organised the 10-day training for 27 women in association with Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (BFWE) and Persona Institute of Beauty and Lifestyle.

Persona provided the training free-of-cost to 27 women who came from Bogra, Nilphamari, Rangamati, Joypurhat and Dhaka. The SMEF provided their daily allowance and beauty kits, while TMSS provided accommodation.

The SMEF chairman Aftab ul Islam and BFWE president Rokia Afzal Rahman were present at the programme as the guest of honour.

Managing director of Persona Ltd Kaniz Almas Khan, and SMEF managing director Rezwan Kabir and deputy general manager Nurul Qadir, among others, addressed the occasion.

Rokia Afzal Rahman said she had a vision to develop women's professional skills and create entrepreneurship. "I started an 11-day training programme outside Dhaka under the BFWE's skill development and management programme. Then I thought to bring the village women to the capital for training."

She also said the BFWE will soon start a computer training programme for women in the hill districts.

Aftab ul Islam said the SMEF will always remain by the women entrepreneurs to patronise them in a male-dominated society.

"We want to see the local women entrepreneurs in a better economic condition by providing easy credit facilities for them."

He expected that at least 25 entrepreneurs would come out of this training programme.

Kaniz Almas said 98 to 99 per cent of her organisation's workers are women, and it will always come forward to develop entrepreneurship in the country.

Rezwanul Kabir said the SMEF and Mutual Trust Bank have signed an agreement to provide loans to women entrepreneurs only.