On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, representatives from the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) and the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote women empowerment. The Ministry of Commerce facilitated the signing ceremony for the MoU between the TTM and CAFRA, towards the implementation of a “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Garment Construction and Soap Making Project”. The project aims to assist the economic recovery and empowerment of Youth and Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in the post-COVID-19 era. The twenty women participating in the exercise are from Vieux Fort, Soufriere, Castries North, Castries Southeast, Choiseul, and Castries East. Those selected were either unemployed, women farmers who were willing to supplement their income, and women already into small operations which complement the project, for example, knitting, crochet, costume and jewelry. The goal of the MoU is to support the establishment of a regional collaboration business model into the community. The Taiwan Technical Mission and CAFRA will cooperate to develop training plans for 35 women from Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The women will benefit from training workshops that include support financial management and business establishment, improved and standardized quality of product, search for digital financial solution/ literacy, and establish a common branding for better marketing.
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