West Coast Berbice Community Policing Group (WCB-CPG) women, who were given grants for poultry rearing by the Small Business Bureau (SBB), are making full use of the opportunity to generate income from the projects.
The SBB gave the women, most of whom are single parents, assistance to construct poultry pens and to acquire poultry rearing equipment earlier this year. Suppliers of the construction material, equipment, and baby chicks were paid by the Bureau and the women took responsibility for the rearing of the birds.
Liaison Officer of the Police ‘B’ 1-Division, Carl Sutton, disclosed that the beneficiaries are CPG members who had previously given many hours in support of the regular police force in the District.
“These women participated in crime prevention patrols in the villages during the day and many times during the nights, all voluntarily.”
The liaison officer said a number of the women were single parents and would benefit from viable economic activities, such as poultry rearing, to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
This realisation motivated him to approach the Ministry of Business and eventually the SBB to seek help for them.
One of the women, Morlyn Usher said the process of registering and meeting certain stipulated requirements for access to the grant took six months.
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