KLUANG: The women's movement of the Johor Malaysia Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) recently organised a "Jejari Bestari Khas" programme to help housewives generate income through small and medium-scale business.
The maiden programme organised by Kimma was in collaboration with Mama Eastfood Industry and state Women Development Department.
Johor Kimma chairman Napisah N. Mamoo said the objective was to help housewives acquire skills that have potential to generate income.
"We are focusing on women who are living in the rural areas, who are mostly from poor families. We are giving them an opportunity to gain skills by taking part in workshops, such as baking muffins and biscuits," said Napisah at the event's launch by state Woman and Family Development, Welfare and Health Committee chairman Dr Robia Kosai.
Napisah said some 60 Kimma members from Air Hitam, Batu Pahat and Johor Baru participated in the programme.
Some of them will be sent to extended courses for three months in various training centres.
Dr Robia also announced a RM5,000 allocation to Kimma for its women's wing to conduct activities in order to achieve a zero poverty target by 2015.
Also present, state Wanita Umno head Datuk Sharifah Azizah Syed Zain and the Kluang Kimma chairman Hassan C.K. Hassan.