Forty-six women entrepreneurs in Perak received funds to help with their businesses under the state government’s Sister in Business programme.
State women, family and community development committee chairman Wong May Ing said the recipients received between RM3,000 and RM20,000, with a total RM350,000 distributed under the programme.
She said the amount given out differed as the funds were calculated according to the needs of the individual businesswoman.
“Most of them are in food and beverage but we do have recipients who are doing tailoring and providing wedding planning services.
“I hope they will make full use of the grant given to develop their business, ” she told reporters after presenting mock cheques to some of the recipients at the Urban Transformation Centre in Ipoh.
“The programme requires recipients to submit reports and business data which will be monitored by related state government agencies, ” she added.
In July, it was reported that some 10 beneficiaries would receive the aid, which was a joint venture between the state government and Axiata Young Talent Programme.
The aid was given to registered business owners with a household monthly income of less than RM5,000.
Wong said RM200,000 was initially allocated for the 10 recipients but another RM150,000 was added on following discussions with the state government.
“This allowed us to add more beneficiaries to the programme.
“Among the recipients are 12 single mothers, including one who is a disabled person with four children, ” Wong said, adding that 246 applications were received for the programme.
“She (the disabled person) received RM5,000 for her food processing business and to set up a hydroponic farm, ” added Wong.
She also hoped that the programme could be expanded to help more women entrepreneurs.
“If the programme is successful, we will help more applicants next year.
“We are the first and only state to offer such aid, ” she added.
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