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CEGA-Canada Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo - INTEC and the Canadian embassy start an entrepreneurship program for women in Las Galeras

Publication date:

December 07 2021

INTEC and the Canadian embassy start an entrepreneurship program for women in Las Galeras

SANTO DOMINGO. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (FCIL) in Dominican Republic and Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), through its Center for Environmental Management (CEGA) in alliance with the TRANSTUR project (IDDI-KATE-Tourcert Consortium), opened a entrepreneurship training program for civil organizations of women and individual entrepreneurs of the municipality Las Galeras, in Samaná.

Through the program they will be 36 women benefited who will receive various workshops aimed at strengthening basic knowledge for the definition of projects, the administration of micro-enterprises and the sale of products.

The initiative also includes the design, training and start-up of two entrepreneurial pilot projects which will be accompanied in the process of product design, market evaluation, installation, start-up and marketing strategy of the first products produced. Similarly, as part of the program, a workshop for men on positive masculinity and gender relations will be held.

The opening ceremony, which took place at the Las Mariposas Center, in Las Galeras, in Samaná, was led by the Vice Minister of Culture of Equality of the Ministry of Women, Amada Manzueta; by the Director of the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives of the Canadian Embassy, ​​Yamilé Adames; the Coordinator of the TRANSTUR Project, Lisette Gil and the coordinator of CEGA-INTEC, Elena Del Conte.

During the opening, Elena Del Conte He announced that for December 2021 the first exhibition of products made by female entrepreneurs is expected to be held; Meanwhile, by February 2022, the first two undertakings would be in operation that could be replicated in other areas of the country.

“Las Galeras is an enviable area of ​​the country, for its tourist attractions (its beaches, its landscapes and its biodiversity), therefore, this project is aware of its important responsibility to create positive changes in the community towards the vision and management that Let's give the waste that is generated here ”, stated the CEGA-INTEC coordinator.

The activity was also attended by the Project Coordinator of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Jenny Reyes; the Regional Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Ana Reyes; The person in charge of the provincial office of the Ministry of Women, Walkiris Marte Tavarez and Marianni Delvoice, representative of the Las Galeras Municipal City Council.

The collaboration includes two pilot projects, one consists of the manufacture of recycled fabric bags, through the recovery of discarded used textiles to be converted into bags with Las Galeras' own design to replace plastic covers or other utilitarian uses. The second is the manufacture of Compost and the sale of ornamental plants, fruit trees and spices for residents, hotels and businesses.

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (FCIL) is designed to support small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, and that align with Global Issues Canada's thematic priorities, which are: the empowerment of women and the promotion of gender equity; inclusive governance; growth at the service of all and the environment and actions against climate change, with an emphasis on adaptation and mitigation, and on water management.