Fresh crop of youth entrepreneurs for the market

-17 more graduate from Financial Literacy and Small Business training

-“Let this be a step closer to your dream,” Project Manager, BNTF

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, November 10, 2018

Seventeen young people are now equipped with the necessary skills to hit the business market following their graduation from the Financial Literacy and Small Business training programme.

Delivering the feature address, at the graduation ceremony today, at the Racquet Centre, Woolford Avenue, Project Manager, Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Dikedemma Utoh, advised the students to utilise the skills and knowledge acquired during the workshop to move forward.

(front row from right) Snr. Economic Empowerment Officer, Youth Empowerment Unit, Samuel Saul, Facilitator Adeti DeJesus, Project Manager BNTF Guyana, Dikedemma Utoh, Assistant Director of Youth, Leslyn Boyce and a representative from the Ministry of Social Cohesion, along with the graduates.

“You must do it with the same perseverance, determination and hunger that you would have demonstrated over the past weeks…our country awaits industrious young people like you. Youths who are responsible, dedicated and committed. Those, who are striving to excel and want to significantly contribute their share to the development of Guyana,” Utoh said.

The six-week training exercise, which was launched in 2016, covered areas of self-development, income expenses and budgeting, financial responsibility, credit and debt issues, decision making and action planning. During the programme, each participant was tasked with developing a business plan which will be submitted to the Small Business Bureau (SBB) for consideration.

According to the Project Manager, the students’ accomplishment of completing the course is a step closer to achieving their dreams. “For the acquisition of this certificate is not the end of your journey, but represents the beginning of another phase of your personal development,” Utoh noted.

To date, approximately 131 persons have completed the course.

Senior Economic Empowerment Officer, Youth Empowerment Unit, Samuel Saul, thanked the students for participating in the workshop and reiterated the call for the graduates to fully utilise the skills and knowledge imparted during the programme.

Several of the young people said the programme provided a wide range of tools that helped to spur their ambitions of becoming entrepreneurs.

Neola Damon.

Image by Giovanni Gajie.