Monday, August 3, 2015. 30 women of the village of Cristo Rey, Cayo District, have been built a new home for their arts and craft and baking facilities.
The Cristo Rey Women’s Group’s Arts and Craft Center was inaugurated today by Representative Rene Montero and offers a separate space from the village’s community center.
Completed at the end of June this year, the Center has a kitchen section for hygienic food preparation and an area for arts and craft production, exhibition and sales.
This project is a timely investment in the Group’s quest to become an effective and sustainable economic entity in Cristo Rey Village. With their new building and the use of proper business management practices, the ladies are now poised to contribute to an increase in employment and earnings for themselves and their families.
Some of the arts and craft products that will be made by the Group, following specialized training, include crochet and canvas products, hammock making, and sewing. Food preparation will include bread and pastry making as well as traditional dishes.
This project was implemented by the Ministry of Works and Transport in partnership with BNE Charitable Trust which provided grant funds in the sum of $49,000. The Ministry of Works contributed $13,000 through labor input. The building can also be used as a hurricane shelter.
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