A new Bougainville MP is hoping to empower women to help them get the small business grants the government is pushing.
Therese Kaetavara, who was a community worker in various parts of Papua New Guinea, won the Bougainville South Women's seat.
Her son Emmanuel-Carlos Kaetavara also won a seat in the new parliament.
Mrs Kaetavara has been appointed deputy speaker but she has a clear five year plan for her term in parliament.
Don Wiseman spoke with her and began by asking about coming to politics later than some.