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Oct 12, 2012

Guinea Grass man’s small business gets big recognition

A resident from Guinea Grass Village has received regional recognition for uplifting himself and his family by starting a business. In 2008, Javier Basto started selling plantain chips to his friends and neighbors; he now owns the Basto & Sons product line, which includes cassava chips and churros. The small business made a hundred and thirty-six thousand, five hundred dollars last year and has earned Basto the 2012 Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Award for the Caribbean. The awards program has three goals: to raise awareness about microfinance; to build awareness about the important role micro-entrepreneurs play in their local economies; and to develop the next generation of microfinance networks. Along with a plaque, Basto received six thousand dollars to invest in his business, which was built with the support of La Inmaculada Credit Union. He traveled to Barbados at the end of September to for the award ceremony and News Five has received a short feature on his business, which was distributed by the Caribbean Microfinance Alliance. 

Javier Basto

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The trip to Barbados was Basto’s first time leaving Belize. The Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards are financed by the Citi Foundation and administered by the Caribbean Microfinance Alliance (CMFA) and the Multi-lateral Investment Fund.

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4 Responses for “Guinea Grass man’s small business gets big recognition”

  1. Alex ninjah says:

    Very positive news, we need more uplifting news on our tv instead of reading about crimes 90% of the time. Good job.

  2. Eye in the Sky says:

    Now be smart and make enough money quick and get the hell out of Belize.

    They already know how much you make a year and you will be targeted by the criminals.

    Get out alive.

  3. Storm says:

    What a great entrepreneur and what a great story!

    That’s the example to follow for any Belizean who wants to prosper.

    Congratulations to Mr. Basto and his family.

  4. Tashy says:

    This is really great, hope more people will learn from this.

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