KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 – A total of 9,360 women have participated in the MyKasih Kapital programme for women entrepreneurs up to March 10 this year, since its launch about a year ago.
These women are now running their own online businesses such as dropship cosmetics, healthy food, fast food, bakeries, beauty spas and sewing services, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun.
“MyKasih Kapital is an additional incentive by the government, which was announced in conjunction with the International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8, 2021 as an injection of business capital for women who were struggling with financial difficulties, to help them generate income for their families as they faced the challenges of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
“This one-off incentive with a capital of RM500 was given as a start-up effort to encourage women to do business and help their families by conducting their business through e-commerce platforms, dropship and other types of business,” she said in her Dewan Negara written reply to Senator Ahmad Azam Hamzah on March 21.
Ahmad wanted to know the number of beneficiaries of the MyKasih Kapital programme and how many had successfully implemented their online businesses through the programme.
According to Rina, participants of the programme also had to participate in a course under the Program Keusahawanan Wanita Bangkit, which was conducted online and in-person, to qualify to receive the incentive.
The course was implemented by her ministry in cooperation with Institut Keusahawanan Negara (INSKEN), PERKESO, Agensi Kaunseling dan Pengurusan Kredit (AKPK) and Maxis.