Small Business Support for Venezuelan migrants
Phase 1: 2020 pilot
Voices GY and IOM Guyana's first cohort, trained and supported between April and August 2020, represented a pilot initiative in which 12 businesses were assisted across regions 3 and 4.
Phase 2: 2021
The 2021 cohort enjoyed a consolidated capacity training element, as well as design of logos by professional graphic designers and support with regularising their businesses. Businesses participating in the 2021 cohort also enjoyed participation at a special Christmas fair at MovieTowne Guyana for migrant entrepreneurs.
Phase 3: 2022
The 2022 cohort, representing 26 businesses from Regions 1, 3, 4 and 9, has benefitted from the most comprehensive training and support to date. Beneficiaries have enjoyed an expanded training course with marketing materials and cash grants to realise their livelihood ambitions, as well as support with the regularisation and documentation pertaining to their businesses. The programme represents the most comprehensive livelihood initiative for Venezuelan migrants in Guyana.
In May 2022, a Directory of many of the entrepreneurs supported by the Small Business Support project to date was published.
The Micro-Business Small Grants Project for Venezuelan migrants is an initiative between the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Voices GY. Since 2020, the project has supported more than 50 small businesses to become established in Regions 1, 3, 4 and 9 of Guyana.
On this website, you will not only be able to see the initiatives we have supported, but you will also find many of the interactive resources Voices GY provide within the course.
From food trucks to print shops and computer repair, the businesses supported represent the variety of skills contributed by Venezuelan migrants to the Guyanese economy and society.