A range of small business in the community of Campbell will benefit from an EC$96,500 boost from Government.
Thirteen young people received assistance for businesses ranging from small shops to poultry rearing, nail salons and farming.
The Hon Member of Parliament for the Mahaut constituency, Rayburn Blackmoore handed over the check to the village council on Friday February 24th.
This grant funding is fulfillment of a promise made at a recent town hall meeting.
“I did give the commitment that once we go through all the processes (that is to say to go through your proposal), I [would] be back once the monies are approved and be part of a ceremony where you can receive the assistance that you have requested…I am happy as the parliamentary representative that I’m able to come good on my promise,” Hon Blackmoore said.
The Hon MP told the young people that Government sees them as important to the development of the country. He said the primary objective of this gesture is to empower the young people of Campbell to create employment for themselves and others in the community.
“My hope is that you who are going to benefit from that assistance will put it into good use. At the end of the day what I want to see is for you to create some employment for yourself and maybe somebody else. We have to tie that to the overall fundamental philosophy of the Labour Party. We believe in empowering people and the most important way to do that is to get to the grassroots and community level,” he remarked.
Hon Blackmoore says that evaluations will be conducted to ensure that the funds are used efficiently.