Expanding paths for female entrepreneurship and local economic development in Roatan
RMP’s mission is the conservation of coastal marine ecosystems and the sustainable development of the communities that depend on them. Following this mission, our community development program led by Yuri Rivera has been focusing on reaching out to new areas of our island to promote alternative economic activities. A series of workshops were developed with a group of 20 women from the Community of Crawfish Rock with the goal of raising awareness on the threats to the reef such as unsustainable fishing practices. The group identified needs and opportunities for economic development in their community. This process resulted in the creation of the Crawfish Rock Women’s Association which will promote and support community projects and local business development, through the use of local products, as well as their cultural and gastronomic heritage. From our experience working in community programs, we know that women are always trying new ways to innovate, have a great sense of commitment, are disciplined and persevering when working in associative structures. We hope this will be another successful case of how women can become leaders of economic development and environmental conservation in their communities. This is the case of one of RMP’s project APICOR, a micro-enterprise lead by women from Corozal village. In the next months, we have planned workshops to identify what business and community projects can be developed in Crawfish Rock, as well as educational workshops and activities for children in the community.