Helen’s Daughters, a women’s empowerment not-for-profit organization founded by Keithlin Caroo from UN-Women’s Empower Women Champions for Change Programme held it’s first Rural Women’s Workshop at the Fond Doux Plantation Resort.
The workshop catered to thirty rural women engaged in agriculture, fisheries, trades and crafts, food processing and market vending.
Participants were nominated by their peers and the workshop was designed to help rural women “entrepreneurs” overcome the most challenging issues in business ownership in the St. Lucian landscape.
In addition, the workshop sought to empower these women to see themselves as owners and operators of small businesses and to change the mentality of a “rural woman.”
The one day pilot program addressed several issues for women business owners: self-confidence and leadership development, workers rights, financial management and grants and interest-free loan opportunities. Presenters ranged from Mr. Giles Romulus (GEF SGP UNDP), Mr. Dunstan Demille (Massy Stores), Ms. Solace Myers (National Workers Union), Ms. Marcellina Preville(SLASPA), Dr. Jurgen Engel (SBFIC), Mr. Egbert Stevens (Department of Commerce), Ms.
Geraldine Lendor-Gabriel (Celestial Self-Development Centre) and Mr. Johanan Dujon (Algas Organics).
A #HerStory campaign will be featuring the stories of several of these participants; to learn more about the initiative, email helensdau[email protected] or visit the Helen’s Daughters Facebook page (helensdaughters.slu) or Instagram page (@helensdaughters.slu).