Karrau Women maximise opportunity at outreach

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Members of the Karrau Village Women’s group took advantage of the most recent government outreach to engage with representatives of the Ministry of Social Protection in order to have their group registered.

Chairperson for the group, Angela Phillips was excited that the group was afforded this opportunity. Phillips related that she had attended the first outreach in Georgetown when she accompanied her village’s Toshao. It was based on her experience there that she urged the women in her group to accompany her to this outreach to seek the help they wanted; which they did.

Phillips happily related her experience with the Ministry of Social Protection, “They assisted me in filling the forms, and so we have to return and get all the signatures of the women in the group and then take it to Georgetown and then we’ll get assistance from Social Protection. In fact, we have already sent in our proposal to the Ministry but they say we must be registered first.”

By becoming a registered organisation, it would open doors for the group to engage in a number of proposals aimed at not only improving the livelihood of women in the community but would also allow for them to market some of the various products made by the women in the village.

Phillips was eager to share some of the proposals that her group had put forward, “what we’re doing is boosting lifestyle skills. We’re trying to assist especially dropouts and the women that don’t have anything to do. We want to implement training programmes in catering, sewing and handicrafts. When they have completed these, they can go out in the world of work now equipped with a skill. We also plan to establish a kitchen and will employ some of these persons.”

It is the hope of Phillips that by training the women of her village accordingly, she would even be able to bolster the tourism aspect of her village as these women who are trained in craft and catering would cater to Ministers, officials and tourists who intend to visit the village.

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