Eleven women have been singled out for their efforts to establish their own childcare businesses. They were among the aspiring business operators recognized at the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute’s (MEI) 2014 Graduation ceremony.
The women are participants in the Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project coordinated by the Social Development Commission in partnership with MEI and the Pan African Community Association. The project trains refugees in childcare and business practices so they can become certified home child care providers. The work includes the development of a business plan, record keeping systems and help locating start- up funding where needed.
During the ceremony, Nelson Soler of MEI specifically recognized one of the program graduates Halimo Gael. Mr. Soler pointed out her effort and excellence during the five months of coursework. He noted that the Somali refugee had successfully balanced the demanding class schedule while dealing with language and cultural differences, a job, raising her daughter and using public transportation to get to and from classes.
The 2014 class is the second group of refugees to undergo the coursework and certification process with the SDC program. To learn more about the Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project, visit www.cr-sdc.org/index/Programs–Services/Refugee_Childcare_Microenterprise_Development_Project.htm.