FairPrice Furniture and Cathy Alex of the social enterprise “Hauslain Souvenirs” created a partnership to help the 500 plus bilum weavers.
The partnership was formed to help the weavers of remote Mt Bosavi in Southern Highlands sell their bilums in the lead up to Mother’s Day.
Cathy finds a market space for the bilums weavers so that their bilums can be sold, however due to the COVID-19 restrictions her usual retailers were closed and she couldn’t find a market space for the bilums.
“I couldn’t rent shelves to sell the bilums. The bilums that used to sell very quickly sat there for 6 months” says Cathy Cathy met the FairPrice team through her membership of the Young Professionals Network of PNG (YPN) and struck a deal to merchandise the backlog of stock.
“We came to a mutually beneficial commercial arrangement with Cathy and her Bosavi weavers.
All local businesses like us are facing challenging times so we are happy we could work together.
Our FairPrice customers liked this variety of product on offer and that was the most important thing for us” says Diana Laho, Showroom Supervisor at FairPrice.
The Bosavi Bilums are now on sale at the FairPrice Showroom located upstairs at Courts building, Gordons.
If you are interested in collaborating with Cathy, you can reach her on:
Facebook page: @Hauslain Souvenirs or on her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Caption: Cathy Alex showing the Bosavi bilums on sale at FairPrice.