Some 20 Belize City residents whose income has been impacted by COVID-19 and who needed assistance to either start anew or to carry on with their small businesses today got the assistance they needed from the Belize City Council.
The residents have been receiving training on how to run small businesses and to survive amidst a fierce business climate during the "new normal" COVID-19 era when people are pushed to become more independent as jobs fold under economic pressure.
The gifts were provided through grant funding to the Council from Taiwan and through assistance from some sectors of the business community.
In accepting her sewing machine for her pillow-making business, Marsha Gillett said it's ironic that she was never interested in crafts while growing up, but now it is something she does with pride.
The project will be a continuous one with different cohorts of people getting help every quarterly. It was the brainchild of the Council's Economic Advisor, Hubert Pipersburgh, who incidentally, died in April of COVID-19.