Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit

Lyna Mohamad

A ceremony was held on Monday to present the new batch of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (BIBD ALAF) recipients including those selected under the BIBD Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) programme as well as the initiative supported by BIBD, such as Asnaf Zakat Empowerment Programme (PROPAZ).

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah in his capacity as Chairman of BIBD and its Group of Companies was the guest of honour.

The Bulletin spoke with two budding entrepreneurs.

BIBD SEED participant Pengiran Siti Nur Khatiz’zah binti Pengiran Ismail began her venture into entrepreneurship in 2013, following the completion of a Beauty Therapy Course at the Youth Development Centre (PPB).

Her services as a make-up artist received good response and are sought after especially among women.

Pengiran Siti Nur Khatiz’zah became more motivated when she was selected as a BIBD SEED participant after a Youth Development Camp programme in 2019 and underwent a three-day bootcamp conducted by BIBD SEED management, Qalam Academy, where she and other participants were put to the test during the selection process.

ABOVE & BELOW: BIBD SEED participant Pengiran Siti Nur Khatiz’zah binti Pengiran Ismail; and PROPAZ participant Nurul Amal Umi Asyqin binti Norzaliani. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The shortlisted candidates were taught product development and pitching skills. Ten were eventually selected to participate in the BIBD SEED.

She said BIBD SEED is an entrepreneurial programme to equip aspiring entrepreneurs in product and skill development.

“Sometimes BIBD also provides us with a marketplace. I usually receive positive feedback from customers as well as visitors,” Pengiran Siti Nur Khatiz’zah said.

She also expressed her appreciation to BIBD for providing her with the opportunity to expand her business.

Nurul Amal Umi Asyqin binti Norzaliani, on the other hand, was selected under PROPAZ, an initiative supported by BIBD. She said she initially worked for a relative who produces and sell shawls, during which she developed an interest in the business.

She made her own clothing at first and then branched out to designing Muslimah wear for others.

Nurul Amal shared that it was beyond her expectations to be selected by BIBD and is thankful for the assistance.

The BIBD SEED Programme aims to transform underprivileged mothers into successful and resilient entrepreneurs capable of competing in both local and international markets with its nine-month training programme.