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Jun 23, 2020

Business Children Making Ideals during COVID-19

Two very young enterprising children have turned the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to start a business. One is eight years old and the other is five; they came up with the idea to make ideals of all different flavours to supply their neighbourhood on Amara Avenue in Belize City. They started when schools closed due to the coronavirus and today, we found them smiling over their returns. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Suriah & Semiah Walford

“We are business children making ideals.”

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Meet eight-year-old Suriah and five-year-old Semiah Walford. They’re full of energy and excited about a project they started about one month ago. They have been making several flavours of ideals and selling it in the neighbourhood.

 

Suriah & Semiah Walford

Suriah Walford, Business Children Making Ideals

“I make papaya, chocolate, peanuts, sugar corn—well my little sister makes the chocolate—and rum cream.  I was bored at home and I thought to myself why not start a business.”

 

Duane Moody

“And you decided ideal business?”

 

Suriah Walford

“Yes.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about that. Why ideals?”

 

Suriah Walford

“Because I love ideals and I wanted everyone to try them.”

 

While they are young entrepreneurs in their own right, it is also an initiative that keeps them occupied during these months away from the classroom. They have fun, while working to create the ideals and they even incorporate some math skills in the process.

 

Shernadine Dennison

Shernadine Dennison, Guardian

“Suriah said what about ideals and I said well that’s a good idea. We could start selling ideals and she decided that she is going to make the sign so she made the sign out of crayons and markers and they were both excited. And the little one wanted to help too. So we decided we were going to make one kind of ideals first—it was the sugar corn—and the smaller one said, “Why not chocolate?” And so I said well you will make the chocolate, so she makes the chocolate ideals and Suriah makes all the other ideals.  It is a good idea to do because it helps them with calculation; it’s just like being in school with calculation, how to give change and stuff like that.”

 

Since the small business started, it has been doing really well, catering to children in the neighbourhood. The ideals are sold for only a dollar right over at #37 Amara Avenue in Belize City.

 

Suriah Walford

“We sell to everyone. When we go somewhere, we bring ideals with us and we sell them and we get lots of money.”

 

Duane Moody

“How much yo di sell them for?”

 

Suriah Walford

“One dollar.”

 

Shernadine Dennison

“They got their first sale of twenty-five ideals from ACC school and then from then, other people came to the gate and they would just come to say what ideals they want.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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