PT Pertamina (Persero) Marketing Operation Region (MOR) VIII Maluku-Papua seeks to improve the capacity of its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) partners through the implementation of a partnership program (PK).
Brasto Galih Nugroho Unit Manager of Communication, Relations and CSR of PT Pertamina (Persero) MOR VIII Maluku-Papua, in Jayapura, Thursday, said the partnership program was intended to improve the ability of small business partners to be resilient and independent, while contributing to improving community welfare around the Pertamina operation area.
“One of the assisted partners of PT Pertamina (Persero) MOR VIII who has benefited from participating in the partnership program is the Nabua Kebua craft house managed by Ibera Wenda,” he said.
According to Brasto, Pertamina gave an appreciation to Mama Ibera for the development of the business of Papuan noken crafts. This is one proof that local businesses can also compete with handicraft products, besides that there is also a positive economic impact on the partners and the surrounding community.
Pertamina hopes that more small and medium businesses in the Maluku-Papua region can develop through partnership programs.
“Our hope is that by utilizing all sectors, we can produce superior and successful foster partners,” he said.
In addition, it is able to provide maximum results and make people more creative in meeting their needs. More than that, the trained partners are also able to produce products or services that benefit the wider community.
In line with Brasto Galih Nugroho, Ibera Wenda said that she had participated in Pertamina PK since 2018, where the turnover obtained after more than a year being a fostered partner had doubled so that she could expand her business and invite other mothers to fulfill orders.
Ibera Wenda manages a handicraft industry called Nabua Kebua in the Sentani area, Jayapura Regency and produces Papuan noken or bags made of bark and orchid stems, paintings from bark carvings, koteka, as well as accessories and necklaces from Papua. Mama Ibera accepts custom orders according to customer wishes such as vest, lights and traditional Papuan clothes.