More women to benefit from business empowerment training

GINA, GUYANA, Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The First Lady of Guyana, Mrs. Sandra Granger continues to facilitate women’s empowerment by equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge which will contribute towards making them economically stable individuals.

First Lady of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana – Mrs. Sandra Granger

First Lady of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana – Mrs. Sandra Granger

This will be carried out through the Self-Reliance and Success in Business workshop. The facilitation of these workshops is made possible through the Office of the First Lady, and the Ministry of Social Protection.

A number of workshops empowering women through entrepreneurship have already been held across the country. In an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), the First Lady said two more communities will benefit from the women’s empowerment programme by the end of 2016.

“We are going to Linden and Blairmont before the end of the year, and we have some more workshops. We keep the numbers small to make sure that everybody gets full benefit from the facilitators. It’s nice to say, you have 100 people, but how much do those people learn to expand their businesses from that? So we keep it to a minimum, we say 30 or 35, but we have gone close to 40 on occasions. When people walk in, they will be included, and that’s how we go with women empowerment,” Mrs. Granger explained.

Workshops have already been held in Lusignan, Linden, Lethem, Mabaruma, Port Kaituma, Mahdia, Rosignol, Bartica, Anna Regina and Kuru Kururu.

The First Lady stated that, “Education is the key. I’ve been to all the regions because I don’t believe development would only happen on the coastland, but my projects are aimed at empowering women and girls for the obvious reason, the data has shown once women advance economically their families advance with them, so I will always go along with advancing women and moving them forward with my workshop on self-reliance and success in business.”

The workshop has trained, to date, approximately 280 women. Upon completion, each participant is awarded a certificate, recognised by the Ministry of Business, which makes her a certified businesswoman.