Caribbean women honoured for entrepreneurship

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

The Caribbean Center of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL), in celebration of International Women’s Month, has honored 19 Caribbean women for their work in developing entrepreneurs. Dr. Dionne Chamberlain-Miranda, managing director of Chamberlain Consulting, is among those who have been honoured.

“These women entrepreneurs…… are helping to develop people for progress in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals,” the CaribbeanCenter said.
Miranda, has been involved with entrepreneurs since 2006, and has worked with organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the Pan American Development Fund (PADF) to help entrepreneurs take their products and services to a new level. She has also done a number of training seminars and workshops at the local level with organizations such as BELTRAIDE).

She told the Reporter this week that was not aware that the CoESL was compiling such a list. She added that she felt honored by the recognition but she has never sought accolades for the things she does does for her work.
“The fact that a larger group, the Caribbean, looks at you like that, it’s humbling for me,” Miranda said.

In 2015, Miranda sponsored a local entrepreneur Crystal Samos, founder of the Carpe Diem line of skin care products, to attend a regional entrepreneurship event in Grenada. Samos later went on to receive two regional awards.
The CoEsl also honored: Akosua Edwards and Sherma Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago; Christine Wilson of St. Lucia; Diana Mcintyre Pike and Una May Gordon of Jamaica; Dr. Grace Showan , Dr. Marcia Brandon, Rev. Anne Hamilton Cutting and Jo Ann Goffe of Barbados; Dr. Melida Harris Barrow of Panama; Hannah Soesman of Suriname; Lisa Lewis of Grenada; Roberta Williams of Antigua; and Sonia Noel of Guyana; – Jamaica.

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