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The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) recently hosted a forum at the Clarendon parish office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), to sensitise persons to the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI).
Agricultural Specialist with JSIF, Vincent Thompson, told the large audience that the programme is seeking to create employment and empower rural communities, by supporting investments in agriculture and tourism.
He said that funds are available to improve competitiveness in infrastructure development and to provide training in marketing, business, and financial management, disaster mitigation, and recovery.
“REDI is about providing for agriculture and tourism, empowering you with meaningful earnings and you, in turn, will provide employment for other persons with vibrant enterprises,” Mr. Thompson stated.
Organisations or groups of a minimum of ten persons engaged in enterprises legally registered as cooperatives or friendly societies can access the REDI programme. It is geared at supporting new and existing micro businesses with an annual turnover of less than the equivalent of US$125,000.
All REDI projects are screened for potentially adverse environmental impact, and groups seeking funding must specify measures for managing and mitigating environmental impacts, as it is to empower rural Jamaica, through environmental-friendly endeavours.
Application forms, and other information on the REDI programme are available at the JSIF office, Pawsey Road, in New Kingston, or their website www.jisf.org, as well as at RADA Parish offices, or the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) regional offices.