KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1.18 million women entrepreneurs have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) so far, the Dewan Rakyat was told Thursday.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said that to help the group, the ministry had carried out various programmes including Single Mother Skills Incubator (I-KIT), Women Entrepreneurship Incubator (I-KeuNITA), 1AZAM and Mamacare.
“Through the I-KIT programme, 2,359 single mothers out of 5,082 participants have successfully becoming entrepreneurs after six months with an average increase of income from RM500 to RM750 per month,” she said in reply to a question from Rubiah Wang (BN-Kota Samarahan).
Rubiah had wanted to know the number of rural women entrepreneurs and the efforts to develop them.
Azizah said that as of December last year, 1,446 women or 19 per cent of the total 7,719 participants of I-KeuNITA had become entrepreneurs.
“The 1Azam programme has guided 32,587 women by improving their income to more than RM300,” she said.
Azizah said 91 entrepreneurs of the post-natal care programme, Mamacare, had earned a total of RM1.3 million from January 2013 to December 2014.
She said the ministry had also guided 188 women entrepreneurs through the Women Bazaar programme.