The kind gesture will support the Association for this weekend's community website and community development project launch.The Era Development and Welfare Association Project Director Da Omen thanked BSP for the items.
The Association is a well established community based group within the Era tribe of Kumai - Bomai LLG in the Gumine District and the Dom Erakane of the Siwai LLG in the Sinasina, Eastern Highlands Simbu Region.
Era Development and Welfare Association has embarked on promoting self reliance to improving lifestyles by encouraging communities to partake in income earning opportunities. Garden foods for food security, and coffee are the only source of income for the communities in the area and therefore ERWA initiates the "Go Coffee - Do Green" project.
The project focusses on rehabilitation of existing coffee plots in the area owned by individual families, to assisting with replanting coffee trees, to improving run down coffee plots, nursery and plant shade trees and set up of wet-processing plants.
Processed green beans are classified into varying grades and then on sold to Kongo Coffee, a locally renowned company for "fair price". Small holder's income mainly from coffee helps to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions for the entire community. Reviving coffee growing in the area is hoped to spur rural employment and increase rural business activities and drive development for the area.
Miss James says "rural livelihood development - rural industries depend on assistance for start-up, information, connection to markets and banking facilities to grow. By promoting and supporting rural communities to develop their land and utilize available natural resources in a sustainable manner, we can assist to alleviate poverty and bring about sustainable rural development and make positive change. "
The global coffee market is insatiable and PNG Coffee growers have a wonderful opportunity to market and promote high grade organic eco-friendly quality coffee with International Global Market players. BSP is proud to support and promote rural green industry in PNG and continue to promote Sustainability.
BSP's Gumine Rural Branch Banking team will be on hand this weekend at the launching event to support, assist and advise small holder farmers on Rural Banking Facilities and open bank accounts. BSP Rural Bank endeavors to assist rural industries by providing finance and banking facilities in the unreachable areas across PNG.
Caption: Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator and BSP's Go Green Ambassador Rachel Sapery James presenting Go Green support to "Go Coffee Do Green" Project Director Da Omen of Era Development and Welfare Association.