National finance goes rural – Post Courier
BY ROMULUS MASIU
National Finance is launching into the campaign with the introduction of a mobile unit vehicle that will be in circulation from next week.
Since establishing its branch in Buka, Bougainville in 2014, the national finance company has set up the mobile unit to travel to rural areas and reach unbankable customers.
According to National Finance Buka branch manager Exodia Kora, next week the mobile unit will move along the John Teosin Highway on Buka Island to serve people along the highway, in especially government officials and the business community.
She said that after the first term of school holidays, the mobile unit will be moved through the passage from Buka to the mainland Bougainville starting from the north, center and south of Bougainville to reach the gates of the stationed officials. in rural areas.
National Finance is a well established lender in Bougainville with its main branch in Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen and 22 agents throughout PNG.
The national company is also established in Honiara and Gizo in the Solomon Islands.
The company had nine employees in Buka when the mobile unit arrived in the area.
The mobile unit vehicle will be piloted by three agents – Jason Naumea (driver / mechanic / sales), Joe Kuli (field sales agent) and Raymond Kinna (mobile loan unit sales).
The mobile unit will provide financial and loan services to rural officials and business houses in Bougainville who do not have access to come to town on a daily basis.
Most of the schools in Bougainville are based in very remote and isolated places where there is no road access, so the introduction of the mobile unit will make it easier for civil servants serving in rural communities to access to the company’s financial services.
This week, the mobile unit will be touring in and around Buka for advertising purposes.
The company has more than 1,000 customers in Bougainville and their number is growing.
The company has also set up Blast SMS to communicate with Bougainville residents wishing to access company services when the mobile unit makes its rounds on Buka Island and the Bougainville mainland.
Ms Kora said that although the mobile unit is an eye-catcher, there is no money or cash, only paperwork, urging Bougainvillais to respect the vehicle, as it comes back to rural communities to bring essential financial services.