Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) is encouraging eligible candidates to enrol for the fifth cohort of the BIBD Special Entrepreneurial Empowerment and Development (SEED) programme before the closing deadline of October 31.
A total of 50 applicants will be shortlisted to undergo a boot camp to select 10 participants to graduate as BIBD SEED entrepreneurs.
The nine-month BIBD SEED programme aims to transform underprivileged mothers into successful and resilient entrepreneurs able to complete both locally and globally.
Applicants who are hardworking, creative, innovative, independent, highly-driven and confident are encouraged to apply.
“The consistency and continuity of this programme which keeps taking in new participants every year reflects BIBD’s commitment towards social inclusion for nation building,” said BIBD’s Chief Marketing Officer Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Jaafar. “BIBD SEED is also aligned to our dedication and goal to support the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
“Through this programme, we are empowering these underprivileged women to overcome and eradicate poverty while at the same time promoting gender equality, encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation.
“As Brunei’s largest Islamic financial institution, it is also our responsibility to fulfil the Maqasid Syariah through the programme,” she said, adding that they are looking forward to welcoming the participants of the next cohort.
BIBD held a briefing recently with stakeholders consisting of Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB), the Asnaf Zakat Empowerment Programme (PROPAZ), Community Development Department (JAPEM) and the Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI).
The objectives of BIBD SEED include the development of human capital to embody successful entrepreneurs, improve productivity and services through innovation and automation with the latest business practices, and to uplift their living conditions.