Friendship that lasts

WOMEN are picking up more than just new skills at the Wanita MCA’s Wom-Entrepreneurs Development Committee programmes — they are making new friends, too.

WEDC instructor Jenny Tan, 55, whose signature trade is the weaving of bags using high-tech Japanese recycled paper and aluminium can tabs, said the enduring friendships kept the group going.

“When they first joined, most did not know each other,” said Tan, who have taught in the programmes for 14 years.

Her colleague, pottery instructor Joanne Poon, 52, agreed.

“Both teachers and students, who comprised mostly housewives, have found lasting bonds as they also learn new things here,” she said.

Other courses offered by WEDC include creative scarf styling, floral arrangement, ceramic painting, Chinese knots handicraft and cookery.

The WEDC was formerly an initiative under the wing’s Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) Lifelong Learning programme, which was founded 17 years ago.

“As a political party and the women wing, we feel the responsibility to empower women and to strengthen our network through grassroots activities such as these,” said Wanita MCA chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow at an exhibition of the handicraft works at Wisma MCA here. Present were vice-chairman Senator Heng Seai Kie, secretary-general Chew Lee Giok, and WEDC director Grace Chew.

Yu said the products on display were of high quality and that Wanita MCA would consider marketing them commercially when the time is right.

“Although most students only intended to make these products as souvenirs for loved ones, we hope that they will learn to be entrepreneurial and more creative too.”

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