Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2021. 2:02 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: This week, The Republic of China (Taiwan), disbursed grant funding to groups focused on the economic empowerment of women through a technical assistance project.
The funds were made possible through “Enhancing the Economic Empowerment of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean in the COVID-19 Post-Pandemic Era: Technical Assistance for Women Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Inclusion” project by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
The disbursement ceremony, which was the second held under the project, was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Leigh Richardson building in Belmopan. Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize H.E. David Kuan-Chou Chien presented the awards to the Orange Walk chapter of BELTRAIDE’s “Belize Female Entrepreneurship Program, the Heritage Education Network, and the Caye Caulker chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) on Tuesday.
The beneficiaries were:
Women’s Vocational Training:
1. BELTRAIDE “Belize Female Entrepreneurship Program (Orange Walk)”
2. Heritage Education Network Belize “Digital Literacy Training for Women’s Groups & MSME’s in the Cultural & Creativity Industry”
3. Belize Tourism Industry Association: Caye Caulker Chapter “Utilizing Island Resources for Sustainable Caye Caulker Livelihoods”
MSME Start-up Support selected from the Belize Investment Summit 2021 “Start-up Pitch Competition”:
1. Luba Ereba Women’s Group- Casava Bakery
Angel Fund Recipients:
2. Wild Roots – Organic Natural Juices
3. Zero Belize – Paper Bag Production
4. Umbraland Boots and Leather – Genuine Leather Products
“The donation today was made possible through the commitment and hard work of Ambassador Amalia Mai, CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and H.E. David Kuan-Chou Chien, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and is a testament to the strong relationship between the two countries,” the Ministry said. “The project supports the implementation of vocational skills training delivered through reputable organizations and institutions in Belize, as well as start-up support for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). As such, three new beneficiaries for women’s vocational training and four beneficiaries for start-up support received funds.”
The ministry added that the project has directly supported the empowerment of 125 women and youth thus far and stressed that support during these challenging times shows the commitment to the continuation of the project.
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