Miss Maria Purificacao was a married woman with four children working for the National University of Timor Lorosa’e. To compensate for her limited salary, Ms. Purificacao had the innovative idea to turn her hobby (gardening) into a private enterprise. As a result, Flower Rosas Batik was founded in 1999 and now employs 7 local males.
Through her company, Ms. Purifcacao has gained recognition from the local community, government, and even flower sellers abroad. In 2007, she began importing flowers from Indonesia through her connections and linkages with an Indonesian cooperative; they are now formulating a plan to establish a joint-venture. This year, she was approached by the Secretary of State for Vocation Training and Employment to help raise the local capacity in gardening services. The number of trainees fluctuates anywhere from 10 to 25 people.
PDT’s local procurement database, BuildingMarkets.org, has already brought Flower Rosas Batik extra attention; 10 December 2009, 7 Indonesian travelers (2 government officials and 5 businessmen) visited Ms. Purificacao’s business inquiring how she raises her flowers, constructs the vases, and supplements the soil.
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