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Abilities Foundation Receives $3.3 Million in Technical Assistance for Social Enterprise “Herb Thyme”

The Honourable Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security (second left), Morana Smodlaka Krajnovic, Chief of Party, Local Partner Development (left), Susan Hamilton, Managing Director of the Abilities Foundation (second right), and Natalie Wheatle, Business Management Specialist, Local Partner Development; pose with a cheque representing a USAID-funded grant to Abilities Foundation’s social enterprise Herb Thyme. The grant is a part of the Local Partner Development Business Incubator for Social Enterprises.The Honourable Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security (second left), Morana Smodlaka Krajnovic, Chief of Party, Local Partner Development (left), Susan Hamilton, Managing Director of the Abilities Foundation (second right), and Natalie Wheatle, Business Management Specialist, Local Partner Development; pose with a cheque representing a USAID-funded grant to Abilities Foundation’s social enterprise Herb Thyme. The grant is a part of the Local Partner Development Business Incubator for Social Enterprises.

 

Community-based training institution Abilities Foundation has received a boost through a grant of J$3,302,000 that will provide technical assistance to the organisation. The grant is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Local Partner Development (LPD), as part of its Business Incubator for Social Enterprises, which focuses on strengthening innovative social enterprises that work on citizen security issues, particularly youth crime and violence prevention.

The grant represents the value of technical assistance that will build the business capacity of the foundation’s social enterprise, Herb Thyme. This assistance includes business coaching and improving the enterprise’s marketing and promotions, nursery management, staff training programmes, and other relevant areas.

Herb Thyme was created to provide apprenticeship opportunities for persons with disabilities and to create a pathway to financial sustainability for Abilities Foundation. The Foundation has marketed the products of its Horticulture department on a small-scale basis; however, it needed support to expand its operations, and further contribute to fundraising for the institution. This grant will therefore support Herb Thyme’s expansion and the sustainability of Abilities Foundation.

The Abilities Foundation provides skills training and facilitates employment opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs), who are traditionally marginalized and can become susceptible to illicit activities, just to survive. Through Herb Thyme, the Foundation can expand on their services to help PWDs, enabling their own self-reliance and making them less vulnerable to criminal elements.  

About Local Partner Development

Implemented by FHI 360, LPD is funded by USAID under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI). In alignment with the CBSI’s objectives, LPD’s intent is for the Jamaican organizations it supports to become more effective and sustainable actors, with the goal of improving Jamaican citizen security and social cohesion, especially youth crime and violence prevention. The primary objective of the initiative is to build the capacity of Jamaican non-governmental organizations, social enterprises, community-based organizations and government entities that partner with USAID in Jamaica. 

If you are a registered civil society organisation working in local communities to prevent youth from engaging in crime and violence, you may now apply to join LPD’s Pathways to Sustainability Programme. Build the capacity of your organisation and get a grant to improve it! Application deadline is June 28, 2019.