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Seed Capital for women who were once victims Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Belize City. March 2, 2016
The Government of Belize, through the Women’s Department, Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Central American Integration System (SICA), is pleased to celebrate the achievement of 240 women recipients of seed capital grants, totaling USD340,000, as a part of the BA1 project, “Prevention of Violence against women in Central America”.

The project has taken place in seven countries in which over 3, 500 women who were victims or at risk of violence, femicide and trafficking in persons, have been awarded seed capital grants to either start or enhance their small businesses. In Belize, 319 women received micro-enterprise development and life skills training through the Small Business Development Centre (SBDCBelize) and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC).  

The ceremony will celebrate project recipients’ empowerment as they set- and achieve life goals and improve their economic conditions. Celebrated under the theme “Opportunities, Risks, and Victories: Women carving their own images on Belize’s canvas”, the event will take place Friday March 4th, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel and Marina. The ceremony starts at 2:00 pm and will include remarks, from main partners, testimonials from the participants, and a display of a sample of project recipients’ income generating products.