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Saint Lucia Group Launches Rural Women’s Academy

Press Release:– A non-profit organization focused on empowering rural women is continuing to positively impact the lives of women in the agriculture sector.

Since 2016, Helen’s Daughters has been making a case for the economic development of rural women through improved market access, adaptive agricultural techniques and capacity-building.

The latest initiative undertaken by the organization is a rural women’s academy.

“We started out with advocacy which led to capacity development with training programs like the six-month rural women’s academy we just launched with the Alliance Francaise,” said Keithlin Caroo, President of Helen’s Daughters.

“Now, we’ve created a social enterprise that facilitates the sale of these women’s produce to the hotel sector.”

The organization’s president said that while it does take some time to get to rural women, partner organizations have made the process a lot easier.

“There are definitely some helpful partners like the Saint Lucia Network of Rural Women who have been instrumental in highlighting some of our programs. With women, I think that the mindset is that a woman [can’t be] a farmer; although they go to the market and see women, they think of them as simply the vendor and not the producer.”

Helen’s Daughters was developed out of a winning proposal for UN Women’s Empower Women Champions for Change Program.

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