April 13, 2020
Maori women’s fund plots business survival
The Māori Women’s Development Incorporation is trying to help small Maori businesses survive through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Māori Women’s Welfare League spin-off has helped hundreds of businesses through the decades with loans, advice and training.
Chief executive Teresa Tepania-Ashton says during the first weeks of the lockdown the priority was making sure the businesses were aware of the wage subsidies available.
It’s now trying to line up free expert advice so people can plan the next steps.
She says continued uncertainty makes it hard to plan.
"We have to stress to the Government and the powers that be that there needs to be better clarity around when can we see the light? What does level 3 mean to everyone? Can there be online trading? Can we get supplies through to the businesses? Without that clarity there will be lots of devastation coming our way," Ms Tepania-Ashton says.
The Māori Women’s Development Incorporation will this week start webinars on marketing and also on alternatives for tourism businesses.
Go to its Facebook page to register: https://www.facebook.com/MaoriWomensDevelopmentInc/
Copyright © 2020, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com