Small Business Support Unit aligns with global theme, inspires inclusion, say government officials

(L-r) Hon Denise Charles, Dr. Cassandra Williams

Tourism Minister Denise Charles-Pemberton has announced that the small business support unit has approved financial and technical support to assist 201 of its clients, with the majority being women. She made the disclosure while representing Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the Exceptional Women’s Award Ceremony held at the State House Conference Center on Friday.

The ceremony formed part of World’s Women’s Day.

“I am happy to report that the small business support unit has approved financial and technical assistance to 201 clients,144 are women which accounts for 72 percent of the total approved disbursement,” she said.

According to Charles-Pemberton the funds have impacted women’s micro and small business enterprises in agro processing, garment manufacturing, health & wellness and food service.

“The government as a matter of policy has committed to providing financial assistance to MSMEs in the form of low interest loans at the AID Bank…which several women-owned businesses were able to benefit from,” she stated.

Charles-Pemberton revealed that to-date 309 clients have benefited, a total disbursement in the sum of $15.6 million.

“I highlight these measures to make the point that our policies are aligned with the global objectives to inspire inclusion and achieve gender equality and women’s well-being to create prosperous economies,” she said.

Furthermore, she stated that the Bureau of Gender Affairs also mobilizes resources to support women farmers with training, supplies and farming equipment.

Charles-Pemperton mentioned for example, one of the farming groups assisted in recent times is the Titiri Women’s Group of Layou.

Meanwhile,  eleven (11) Dominican women and groups received Exceptional Awards.

They are:They are: Stephanie Bella-Joachim, Layou Women’s Fishing and Farming group,  Cochrane Women’s in Action Group, Annika Bellot of Digital Marketing, France-Ann Orle of Orle Beauty Bar, Patricia Casimir of Gwabe Enterprise,  Angelica Pierre-Louis of Pat’s Snackette , Eezee Side Delicacies , Misana Harris of Nature’s Touch, Sandra Frampton of Fruits and Flowers, and Euraline  Consuela Bastien of Abilities Unlimited.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Social Services, with special responsibility for Seniors Security, Children at Risk, Gender Affairs and the Differently-Abled, Dr. Cassandra Williams, said these esteemed awardees represent the embodiment of the International Women’s Day theme, Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.

 “They are the trailblazers, who have not only excelled in their respective fields, but have also invested their time, resources and expertise in making a tangible difference in the lives of others,” she noted.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 14, 2024

    Cassandra, remove the dumb wig from from your head and read this: you might become enlightened; you are as ignorant as the rest of your colleagues. “Gender equality means that the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of individuals will not depend on whether they are male or female, handicap or able bodied, young or elderly, black or white (Carib Indian or other ethnicity), or from rural or other setting.
    Gender equality is foremost, a human right, it implies that women, men, boys and girls of all class and race participate as equals and have equal value.
    They enjoy equal access to resources, freedoms and opportunities to exercise control.
    The only people in Dominica who are deprived of such opportunities, by you Roosevelt Skerrit and the rest of the groveling labor party yard fouls are those people who do not crawl and grovel at Roosevelt feet. If women were deprived of any opportunity in DA, your kind would not be in your capacity talking nonsensical fart!
    Shut up!

  2. If we knew better
    March 12, 2024

    Crazy how these women think the mops on their heads make them looks better. Black women have to do better. It was just women’s day, where is the pride? I guess the pride is in the wig.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 20, 2024

      In spite of!
      I must give you high, very high marks for your comments on this one: it takes a genius to deduce the term “mops.”
      One may think of that as the joke of the century; nevertheless; in my opinion, that’s food for thought!
      Where are the days when black women sport their natural Afro hair style , and relished the black slogan “ I am black and I proud?”
      Those words were coined by the “godfather of soul” (JB) the late American soul singer James Brown!
      I think rather than my term wig head, it seems to me that ‘mop-head’ is more appropriate to call these low life low selfeedteem people!
      They want to be what they are not!
      They talk about white people, yet they want to be like them; spending all their money on the mop to make them look stupid, while at the same time making the manufacturers of the mop rope who are white and Chinese filthy rich!

  3. Original
    March 11, 2024

    72% women yet she spoke of gender equality, more like woman equality.

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    • If we knew better
      March 12, 2024

      inequality. the want the equality but never the accountability

  4. March 11, 2024

    Okay thats all well and good but what about our boys? and our families? How many young people are getting married and starting families nowadays? We can talk and talk and talk about all the achievements of women all day but if it comes at the cost of the family then its not worth it. Society is through if we don’t focus on the family first

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  5. Iamanidiot
    March 11, 2024

    Yes Sah…I’ll say it again…Everything cannot be for women with so many fellas sitting on the block. You going to make a society of powerful educated men with no / few men that are their equals. Everywhere I turn is a women this…and a woman that. And a this for women and a that for women. So all the women are bankers, ministers, bosses and all the men either on the block or just getting by. Make that make sense .

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    • If we knew better
      March 12, 2024

      Its part of the new world agenda to disenfranchise man and make them weak. A nation of weak men can easily be conquered and controlled. Young boys are in a serious situation but no one cares. It doesnt benefit them. Go to any office in Dominica and you will see the majority of employees are women. women are already empowered. and they still rude on it. enough is enough. lets focus on our young boys and men.

        March 12, 2024

        The guys brought it on themselves. All they care about is sit on the block and smoke weed. Anywhere you pass in the country nowadays is a spliff in their mouth lit or not., and their pants below their butt. Most of them have no ambition.

    • Frank N Stein
      March 13, 2024

      Men will have to raise their Arrrsssesss from the block and do something because women are doing something for themselves. Nobody has to force women to take a stand for themselves but you people always there crying what about men. The men not on the block instead of helping other men they bashing women. Nonsense! Get up and help yourselves so called leaders of society.

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