YWCA launches market outlet

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) has officially launched their market outlet at their headquarters on corner Freetown Rd. and St. Thomas street.
As part of the YWCA’s Enhancing Economic Opportunities through Entrepreneurship and Market Development (EEOEM) program, the outlet will provide a place for women from the Cayo, Toledo, Stann Creek and Belize districts to sell their products.
The outlet received funding from the European Union (EU), the Government of Australia and the US Embassy through the CARSI program, in collaboration with BELTRAIDE and the Ministry of Economic Development.
The EEOEM project encourages rural women and youths to become small business owners and offers mentoring and technical support to help facilitate their business ventures.
The project also offers training for those who want to hone a marketable skill for employment.
Grants of up to BZ$20,000 are offered to those who submit good business proposasl.
The Reporter spoke with Regina Campbell, project coordinator for EEOEM, who explained that the YWCA has been working with the women present at the ceremony as well as many others to get their products up to a certain standard to be sold at the outlet.
Cosimo Lamberti Fossati, representative for the EU in Belize, explained that the EU’s involvement in the project is to get people past just receiving handouts and into becoming economically independent.

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