More Nevisian women to get WISE grants, says Hanley

Mr Geoffrey Hanley (2nd left). The Hon Patrice Nisbett, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Labour, Justice and Legal Affairs (2nd right) is seen handing over a cheque to one of the businesswomen. Looking on (left) is Ms Kerlyn Jones, PEP’s Coordinator in Nevis

Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 2nd 2013 (CUOPM) – Project Manager of the Federal Government’s People Employment Programme (PEP), Mr. Geoffrey Hanley has announced that they are in the process of offering more Women in Small Enterprise (WISE) grants to women in Nevis who would have applied.

Eleven businesswomen in Nevis received WISE grants in June.

“As we continue to ensure that persons on the island of Nevis benefit immensely from the People Employment Programme, we have some additional names and we are going to be providing the necessary financial support that they would require to enhance and improve their small businesses,” said Mr. Hanley in a media report from Charlestown.

The PEP office in Nevis situated in the Morton Business Centre in downtown Charlestown, is headed by Ms. Kerlyn Jones. It is currently finalising plans to roll out training programmes that would involve the PEP participants, first dealing with life skills and then initially in their area of interest.

“We are going to be starting off with the hospitality training which has been an area that quite a number of persons had been indicating their interest,” noted Mr. Hanley.

“We have been trying our very best to facilitate those persons just as it has been done on the island of St. Kitts. That is the same way we intend to do it Nevis as well. So it is a case where Nevisians are benefitting just as how Kittitians are benefitting and there is no bias when it comes to persons looking for jobs or accessing training,” Mr. Hanley is reported as saying.

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