The president of the Concerned Liberia International Business Organization (COLINBO), Fomba Trawally, has promised graduates of the Fula Young Women Association of Liberia (FYWAL) that their handmade products will be promoted on international markets by his organization.
He assured them that anything they make, whether soap, tie-dye or pastry, will be taken to the international market.
He stressed that doing business was good, but added that women in Africa, especially Fula women, needed to acquire both formal and informal skills training, both of which will sustain them.
Making the assertion on Saturday, December 7, at the University of Liberia during the graduation of 39 Fula women from the 1st skill training program, he disclosed that several years back Fula women were not given any opportunity by their husbands to explore their talents but today they were able to achieve training certificates.
The women acquired their skills after three months' basic skill training in soap making, tie-dye and pastry.
The COLINBO president and proprietor of the National Toiletry Industry also challenged the women to extend their products beyond African markets.
“The African market is the starting point for most African entrepreneurs. This is not the end of doing business; go beyond your dream,” he urged them.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Augustine Konneh, Director General of Foreign Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) explained that women are very important in Liberian society, and as such, must be given a better education.
According to Mr. Konneh, in every society, especially traditional society, women play important roles in both domestic and private sectors.
Mr. Konneh further indicated that the days of women being slaves to men are over, and both must now compete in our economic sector to make life better for themselves.
In response, graduate Assatu Diallo Barry, speaking on behalf of herself and her colleagues, thanked Trawally and others for their help in acquiring the three-month basic skills training program.