THA REACH programme aids 13 business owners

The content originally appeared on: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

THA secretary Dr Faith BYisrael, right, presents a cheque to Paula Wright at the REACH grant distribution ceremony at the Division of Health, Wellness and Social Protection, Scarborough, Tuesday. – THA

Secretary of Health, Wellness and Social Protection Dr Faith BYisrael has congratulated the 13 recipients who received their cheques through the Realisation for Economic Achievement (REACH) programme, at the Division’s Head Office, Tuesday.

BYisrael commended the business owners for taking this step, and for their resilience through the covid19 pandemic. She said, “You are now in the position where you are making the decisions, and it’s a position many were too afraid to make…

“You have taken the necessary steps to do better, and that does not go unnoticed.”

BYisrael also encouraged them to fully participate in the programme and persevere towards great success. “Do not give up, do everything it takes to be successful…allow yourself to be one of the persons that we speak about in five or ten years from now who are still successful in your respective endeavours.”

Denese Toby-Quashie, administrator in the Division of Health, Wellness and Social Protection advised the recipients to seize the opportunity afforded to them, and participate fully in the upcoming trainings and workshops. She added that Tobago’s economy will be stimulated and diversified as a result of the varied establishments that will soon grow on the island.

Some of the business ventures in which the recipients would be undertaking include animal husbandry, hair and beauty, food preparation, art and craft, farming and landscaping, auto care services, aquaponics and electrical installation.

The REACH Unit focuses on empowerment and poverty eradication among the poor and vulnerable in communities throughout Tobago, to assist them to gain economic independence and self-sufficiency. The seed grant offered is worth $7,500 to assist small

businesses, while the unit does follow-ups, offers training for clients to properly manage their businesses and opportunities for clients to sell and market their products.