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Financial Grants given in support of micro business enterprises

Eleven persons received the maximum of TT$25,000 each in financial grants, at a cheque disbursement ceremony held at the TRHA Conference Room last Friday. The grants were funded from the Realisation and Economic Achievement (REACH) programme administrated by the Department of Social Services, Division of Health and Social Services. The REACH Programme provides grant funding to establish micro business enterprises in areas such as Agriculture, Art and Craft, Landscaping, Retail, Food Preparation, Hair Dressing, Auto Mechanics, Micro Garment Manufacturing. Funding is also available for training and development projects.

All of the recipients participated in training sessions in book keeping and financial management to enable them to better manage their business finances.

Linda Daniel, herself a past recipient, shared of her experience, noting that the staff of the Division was very helpful and accommodating. At the ceremony, other past recipients of grants gave also their testimonies and encouragements. Daniel explained how her fears were addressed, and while in the process of acquiring the grant, the division prepared her to utilise the financial assistance and how she is greatly benefiting from it now.

Ginelle, another proud past recipient, thanked the Division and the administrative staff and also stated that due to the grant she is now better off financially.

Shelly-Ann Baptiste, Manager of the Enterprise Assistance Unit, Tobago House of Assembly (THA), admonished recipients to use the grant only for the purpose to which it was intended and to apply dedication and passion in their business.

The REACH program is an initiative launched by the then Director of Social Services, now Secretary of Health and Social Services, Assemblyman Claudia Groome-Duke.

At the ceremony, Assemblyman Groome-Duke urged recipients to be dedicated, committed and passionate in every endeavour of life.

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Native son said on Friday, Mar 23 at 5:12 PM

Thanks to all that work to make this happen. " By thy fruits you shall know them ".

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