Rural Women’s Enterprise Support Project
The Commonwealth Countries’ League is proud to announce its Rural Women’s Enterprise Support to the Grenada National Organisation for Women based on St. John’s Street, St. George’s, Grenada.
The Commonwealth Fund through ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’ project will give an opportunity by opening up a window of hope for women in need in targeted countries, one of which is Grenada.
This project will focus on Grenada’s Horticultural attributes through the use of its awardwinning and vibrant flowers. The Grenada National Organisation for Women (GNOW) will be engaged for a period of up to 2 years through bi-monthly workshops in several different aspects of horticulture including the following:-
a) Lectures and demonstrations on soil technology
b) Floral art, including event floral arrangements, wedding bouquets and funeral flower arrangement
c) Horticulture for both home sale and export
d) Use of Co-Operatives to deal with products
e) Harvesting, Sorting, Packaging, Marketing and Advisory sessions
It is hoped that these skills would then provide a platform for the women involved to become self-employed business leaders, which in turn, would be an efficient and sustainable way to strengthen poor and low income families in Grenada.ntries, one of which is Grenada.
In Grenada women were empowered through Horticulture for sustainable livihoods. There were ﬁeld trips organised for the participants. Fifty ﬁve women participated in the ﬁeld trips. Participants were educated to learn the nature of the cut ﬂower trade. They used the ﬁeld trips as a platform to incorporate their plans to pool their resources to produce ﬂowers. The majority of women were chosen because of their current economic status. On average there were 60 women who have been participating over the reported period. The women have an average of 5 children per family and had a total of 300 indirect beneﬁciaries.
The reports since the inception of this project highlighted several benchmarks during the implementation of the project since 2017. For example, the participants have successfully completed the hands on sessions on growing anthuriums at the Bon Accord Estate (growers of anthuriums); attended workshops on the mechanism of planting and growing exotic ﬂowers for markets locally and regionally, and were participants at an Agri-Business Exposition which provided exposure to marketing of cut ﬂowers.
The whole ethos of this project was geared towards sustainability. The outputs realized from the planned activities over the two years demonstrated that the participants are now more prepared to grow exotic ﬂowers for sales to local and export markets. There appears to be more enthusiasm among the participants. in particular now that the natural selection has taken place from 120 at commencement of the project to 45 participants. The St. David participants have shown leadership and agency since the implementation of this project, hence the decision to commence the growing of the ﬂowers with that group.
The Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (2016- 2018) proposed by the government take into account women as equal partners, customers. employees. leaders and future investors. Empowering Rural Women through Horticulture (ﬂori-cullure) for Sustainable Livelihoods is ensuring that the women in this project are part of this transformative leadership dialogue.