6th of August, 2020. Georgetown, Guyana, South America.Last updated: August 6, 2020 at 16:32 pm
A single mother received funds to purchase cosmetology equipment to start her own business. Donation was made possible through the Ministry of Social Protection and the Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Social Protection, through its Gender Affairs Bureau and the Humanitarian Mission Guyana Incorporated, donated a cheque towards the purchase of cosmetology equipment to Shamika Henry, a single mother with a teenage son.
The woman said being a single parent comes with challenges but she is determined to rise above poverty and use her skills to provide for herself and son, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic which has put her out of a steady Job for months.
Shamika is able to do manicure, pedicure and also hair. On Tuesday Shamika received a cheque to purchase a dryer, foot spa and hair curlers among other necessities to independently do what she loves.
The equipment was handed over to Ms. Henry by a representative of the US-based Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc. The Humanitarian Mission originated in New Jersey, USA and for 15 years they have been working on projects in Guyana that focuses on helping children by assisting them with funds for school and women exposed to all forms of violence. The Humanitarian Mission focuses on small businesses, especially training young adults in skills such as computer knowledge and sewing. Suicide prevention and mental health awareness are also on the agenda of the Mission.
Senior Gender Affairs Officer attached to the Gender Affairs Bureau, Ms. Hymawattie Lagan noted that the department’s aim is to provide resources to empower individuals who are in need, helping them to transform their lives through entrepreneurship.
Henry plans to continue to pursue her studies cosmetology.