Authentic Jamaican Products on Sale at Kumba Mi Yabba

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Story Highlights

  • Christmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year’s Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village.
  • The JBDC-led event, provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services, to showcase their merchandise.
  • There will be a strong cultural and family oriented package for patrons, including a Kiddies Fun Village.

Christmas shoppers and lovers of authentic Jamaican products will be in for a treat at this year’s Kumba Mi Yabba Christmas Village, the Jamaican craft producers’ marketplace, set for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, on Sunday, December 22.

The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) led event, provides a platform for local producers and manufacturers of innovative and indigenous products and services, to showcase their merchandise. Additionally, the show provides the medium for entrepreneurs to access a wider market, both locally and overseas.

Speaking with JIS News, Manager of Things Jamaican, the retail arm of the JBDC, Janine Taylor, informed that Kumba Mi Yabba is a market access event for its clients, with products ranging from ceramic items, paintings, carvings, household accessories, aromatherapy items, clothing, accessories, craft items made from leather and straw and local cuisines.

In addition to the marketing component, there will be a strong cultural and family oriented package for patrons, including a Kiddies Fun Village, traditional and cultural performances and a food village.

“The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) partnership is richer this year as we want to create that feel, that energy of a traditional Jamaican Christmas, while we celebrate all things Jamaican, including the products and entertainment,” Mrs. Taylor expressed.

She added that some 40 producers/exhibitors are expected at the event, including those involved in agro-processing, as “we are trying to tie in the whole farmers market idea and create a grand market feel with a little bit of everything.”

“This particular event works well in promoting and developing the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector, as it allows their products and services to be displayed and to show that there is in fact a market for high quality, authentic Jamaican products that can be produced here in the domestic market,” Mrs. Taylor said.

“The more we are able to build our local economy, the more we will be able to provide more jobs and create and strengthen the whole entrepreneurship initiative…so whether you need your outfit for your Christmas party or gifts, just about anything that you would want for the festive season, you can get it at Kumba Mi Yabba,” she highlighted.

The event is free of cost and will last from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For further information on registration, persons may call 758-3967-8, 928-5161-5; email expo@jbdc.net or visit the JBDC’s website at www.jbdc.net.

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