Updated: Mar 9
I am a 24-year-old young woman who have grown up in a disadvantaged situation, however I have a strong mindset to strive for better for both myself and my 3-year-old son.
The COVID-19 pandemic causing lock downs made things a lot harder than what they originally were as both my partner and I have not been able to work. On a day-to-day basis I grew my Fruits and vegetables and sold them in May pen, Jamaica this helped me to provide food for my family. I had recently started the process to lease a piece of land from the government so I can increase my produce and potentially begin to sell larger companies such as hotels and restaurants when I was told about the Jamaican Women’s Network.
Although I had the drive and the potential, I was not able to do it on my own, that’s why I’m extremely grateful Jamaican Women’s network who are able to help people who are in less fortunate positions such as myself financially.
They gave me the opportunity to help myself and in return they asked that I help three other people such as the elderly who aren’t able to provide for themselves due to their age, disability or illness.
Since getting the grant I have been able to realise my ambition and helped four other people, three elderly women who have no family of their own and one young woman who is fleeing domestic violence. That young woman has since started her own business with a funding from the Jamaican Women’s Network who gave her an immediate grant for providing food for her family and a further one to help her develop her business. I feel overwhelmed with joy and I’m extremely grateful for the help.