“There are so many opportunities under this administration” – Kuru Kururu entrepreneur
– Business abuzz in Kuru Kururu
– residents main earning is through cash-crop farming
– young doctors to seek funding from SBB to establish a neighbourhood clinic
– seamstress aims to boost youth employment
DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 12, 2019
The 2,000 residents of Kuru Kururu on the Soesdyke Highway welcomed Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. the Hounourable George Norton as he conducted a walkabout in the community on Thursday evening.
Persons within the community’s main earning is through cash crop farming, however, there are several youth entrepreneurs who have established ventures of their own. Several of these rising businessmen and women seized the opportunity to engage the minister.
Dr. Reynold Daniels and his wife who are trained dentists told the Department of Public Information (DPI) as soon as they completed their studies, they pooled their resources and drafted a plan to establish the first Dental Clinic in the community
“It was our dream to serve our community after completing our dentistry course at the University of Guyana. We are very pleased that the minister came and saw firsthand what we are doing. We only began in 2017 and we have a long way to go,” Dr. Reynolds explained.
The young couple plans to approach the Small Business Bureau (SBB) to seek a grant that will allow them to complete their clinic. Dr Reynolds noted that it is important that young professionals with business plans and be recognised since it fosters youth development and empowerment.
Upon encountering the minister during his walkabout, some other youth entrepreneurs invited him in to see their operations.
Devon Pile, who manages the only Barber and Beauty Shop in the community, told the minister that he began with just razor and scissors, but worked rigorously to establish a fully equipped Barber Shop in Kuru Kururu.
“We work daily in this business, and we are able to pay our bills and feed our families. Every Sunday, we also teach other youths Barbering skills – it is an art and it takes patience and dedication,” Pile stated.
Aletha Singh, a seamstress, said before going into the business, she sold beverages at the Soesdyke junction. She explained that by saving her earning from that venture, she was able to open her seamstress outlet just over a month ago. “I sew uniforms for students, teachers and public servants. I also create home décor which I supply to my community. There are so many opportunities under this administration. I plan to expand within a few months and will train and employ persons who are desirous to enter the profession,” Singh said.
Further, she told Minister Norton, that in order for her to employ youths in the community, she would need to purchase a few industrial sewing machines. An opportunity such as this would boost the employment opportunities for other young people in and around the community and in this regard, the minister pledged to assist.
He concluded his walkabout by visiting the homes of several elderly citizens who pledged their support to sensitise the youths in the community on the importance of voting at the upcoming General and Regional Elections.