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Women-led Business in Belize Launched with $3,000 World Connect Grant Expands

In Sarteneja, Belize, the fishing industry has traditionally made up about 80% of the local economy but recently, overfishing has put many of the mostly male fisherman out of work. Working with an enterprising, local Peace Corps Volunteer, World Connect is partnering with a group of dynamic women who chose not to accept the declining local economy and instead started their own business making and selling textiles. An initial $3,000 investment from World Connect provided business skills training and start-up costs and helped the women launch the Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative. Recognizing their outstanding work, World Connect named Las Sartenejeñas its 2013 Charlotte Daniel "Champions of Change" winners, providing the group with a second round of funding to increase the operational capacity of their cooperative. World Connect isn't the only one to recognize the potential of these amazing women. The cooperative, in partnership with the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development will be receiving a $50,000 business development grant from the UNDP's Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme (COMPACT), to further grow the business and make it a sustainable part of the Belizean economy.

In supporting World Connect, you are putting faith in our ability to identify and leverage the capacity of local ingenuity to achieve major social impact. Las Sartenejeñas are but the latest grassroots success story! Learn more about the Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative and our other projects that need your support, any of which could be the next shining example of how a small investment in locally-led innovation can create sustainable change.


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