Twenty-three young mothers have graduated from a Mom-Preneurship Programme.
The programme was organized by St George resident Graham Clarke, to equip young mothers who have a passion to succeed with the necessary tools.
Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resources Development Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo applauded the young women for being “superwomen”. Identifying with the graduates on the difficulties of being a mother, she acknowledged that “being a mom in itself is a full-time job”.
Providing behind-the-scenes support to the programme which ran for three months, the Minister of Labour pointed out that the aim was to ensure that “women had a way to make a living for themselves”.
She said the completion of Mom-Preneurship was the first step towards their financial independence.
Byer-Suckoo stressed that it is important for the participants to pass on to their children, the values gained through the programme, especially determination and a drive for entrepreneurship. She advised the mothers to let their children witness their failures and successes as they aggressively pursued their passions.
“It is important that you teach your children your business, that you get them involved in your business, and they learn not just the tools of the trade but that they understand what is involved in the whole process,” she said.
“As you chart your own course, you have the ability and the freedom to decide this is not who I am, therefore I am not going down that road. . . . This path is a path of personal responsibility. You cannot just sit back and say somebody has to do it. As you chart this path, you have to make things happen that you want to see happen.”