Since the opening of BSP Kikori in May, the people of Kikori have wasted no time in embracing the services and products now available to them.
Among the very first people who lined up in front of the branch on its very first day of operation, was Freda William.
Freda, like many people in Kikori, had always had difficulty in saving her money in a place where she considered “safe”. Freda was one of the first customers to open an account at the branch, and made her initial deposit of K200, money which she made from selling cooked food and ice block at the Kikori market.
“Mi na planti ol mama insait long Kikori bin save painim hat turu long holim gut moni. Planti taim mipla save salim ol samting, long maket, tasol nogat hap long putim gut mani, olsem na mipla no save savim moni bilong bihain taim. Tasol nau taim BSP ikam, mipla hamamas nan au gat bel isi olsem ihgat hap we mipla ken kam na putim mani, na mani bai stap gut.”, she said
She was accompanied by her husband Sam William, who works for the local CDI resource centre and guest house.
“Me bin gat BSP account, tasol mi no bin save yusim longpla tia bicos nogat bank lo hia, olsem na mipla save painim hat long bipo. Tasol nau BSP ikam, me hamamas olsem me na misis blo mi ken seivim sampla moni insait long akaun blong mipla. Displa em gutpla tru. Tenk yu BSP”, exclaimed Sam.
These reactions from Kikori are typical of the reactions received in many rural places where BSP has established itself. Far from the cities and towns – right in the rural areas – is where the people most embrace the services of banking. And in Kikori, BSP has definitely won the hearts of Kikori and surrounding areas.
Whilst many challenges remain in Kikori (and they will take time to be overcome), the people of Kikori can now look forward to accessing banking right in the heart of their community.