Friday, August 29, 2014.AARON HUMES Reporting: Belizean women are known for their at times stupendous ability to stretch a dollar further than it has any right to go.
But sometimes that is not enough to save or start a business, leaving them dependent on their male counterparts.
As part of the “20,000 Strong” initiative of the Office of Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis-Barrow, there was an all-day conference in Belize City today seeking a call to action on financial health of women and girls.
We asked the Special Envoy to tell us whether greater access to finance or clearing of opportunities for small business development would make more of a difference; she says it’s different for each business plan and idea.
According to Barrow, once entrepreneurs have the ideas, it is important to bring them the finance and resources they need.
In conjunction with the event, a marketplace featuring small businesses started and maintained by women was opened in the Radisson Hotel’s Cahal Pech Room.
While there we spoke with creator of a line of educational materials and mobile applications for children, Tiffany Simpson, on her advice to female entrepreneurs.
She says that they should not be afraid to start small and work your way up and be able to articulate clearly what you want at the end of the day.
Discussions continued through the course of the day and recommendations will be collated by the Special Envoy’s Office and forwarded to that of Prime Minister Dean Barrow.