(MOTP) Georgetown, Guyana – (September 30, 2016) Thirty four women representing 34 villages along the Essequibo Coast can now consider themselves budding business gurus after having successfully completed the 7th training session of the Self Reliance and Success in Business workshop. The training was done in the Regional Board Room, in Anna Regina Essequibo, Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two).
First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Ganger is flanked by, from left to right, facilitators of the Self Relaince and Success in Business Workshop, Ms. Marcia Meredith and Mr. Yohann Sanjay Pooran, Regional Executive Officer, Mr. Brentnol Hopkinson and Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Ms. Yvonne Smith in the front row. The latest batch of participants in the workshop are pictured standing.
First Lady, Mrs. Granger speaking at the graduation ceremony, told the women, “I Hope you have benefitted from [the workshop]… and I hope that at the end of it you will not only have gained much from the knowledge and advice imparted by our facilitators, but also in the friendships you may have built through your experiences as you engaged in learning a bit more about setting up, establishing and running a successful business. I am very happy to know once more that we exceeded our target number of participants.”
Colleen Prince receiving her certificate from First Lady Mrs Sandra Granger. Colleen, who is a successful entrepreneur said, “The workshop has been very beneficial [for me]. Mostly what I’ve learnt is the experiences that I’ve had here from other business people, the other women and the businesses they have, inspired me and give me more knowledge on how to create and improve my business.”
Mr. Yohann Sanjay Pooran, facilitator of Interweave Solutions Incorporated, the facilitating agency, advised the women that with a strong business plan and having a clear outline of their business they can be successful business owners and help with the development in their communities. “Her [Mrs. Granger] vision is our vision. As we move forward with the implementation of the six P’s [Planning, Paperwork, Products, Promotion, Price and Process] of business, our community oriented approach to action and our emphasis on creating a good quality of life in your homes, and I believe we’re contributing to the exercise of establishing a sound and solid village economy, which helps everyone.”
Stephanie Persaud receiving her certificate from Regional Executive Officer, Mr. Brentnol Hopkinson. Stephanie Persaud started off selling honey in recycled bottles to make a living. She has been very successful in expanding her business where she now sells Carsareep and rears chickens. “I am going to put the 6P’s into practice [Planning, Paperwork, Products, Promotion, Price and Process] and I know I am going to do better.”
Mr. Pooran, recalled, that at several workshops conducted throughout the Regions of Guyana, Mrs. Granger spoke extensively on women’s empowerment, and how an economy can move forward “We have trained over 200 women… Think about the impact of those if they go on to create successful businesses under the Guyanese economy. That is 200 plus people in the work force, employing additional people, who are paying taxes, making a strong contribution to their communities.”
First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger gives brief remarks
The trainer also urged the women to be more actively involved in the development of their community. “Get involved! It may be in politics, it may be in the social realm, in some community organisation that already exists… We hope to see all of these women… in a couple of months… become leaders of good, strong, small enterprises in Region Two. This group of thirty plus women can transform the local regional economy. You have the power to do that,” Mrs. Pooran said.
Mr. Sanjay Yohann Pooran makes his remarks during the closing ceremony of the Self Relaince and Success in Business Workshop.
One of the beneficiaries of the training session, Ms. Vaniessa Granville said that the gesture made by Mrs. Granger and Interweave Solutions Incorporated has provided a great depth of knowledge for the women. “My charge to us is to look for the good in each other, put aside our differences, face the challenges together and let’s move forward together and let progress continue,” she said.
Together, the women have also formed three groups within their workshops to focus on the eradication of some of the social issues faced in their communities; Women Empowerment,which will focus on school drop outs, Rising to Status, which will focus on women’s empowerment and self-reliance and the Hinterland Women’s Development Association, which will also focus on school drop outs.
Items on display, that were made by the participants of the Self Relaince and Success in Business Workshop.