Port of Spain, Trinidad (August 21, 2019)—CARIFESTA 14 has opened windows of opportunity for many regional product vendors through a Caribbean stage that has global reach.

St. Kitts and Nevis vendor Anastasha Elliott has been blessed with one such opportunity.

She was asked to give a presentation that summarizes her journey to becoming a young and successful female entrepreneur, in Siparia, Trinidad, just a stone’s throw away from Venezuela.

The initiative was organized by Agripreneur Mastermind Programme (AMP) of Trinidad and Tobago. It provides a platform for young people who are interested in agriculture to plan, run, and maintain a related business.

Elliott spoke to the importance of erasing the stigma that agriculture is dirty work. She also spoke to the establishment of business network.

Lead organizer for the initiative Alpha Sennon dubbed the event “Cousoumeh”, a traditional term that means all the flavours have come together well in the pot.

Homemade wines, local cuisine, homemade soaps, hair products, locally made chocolate and accessories accentuated the event.

Under the stars, with rhythmic beats of the drums, the sweetness of the steel pan and the products of the ambitious young minds, there is only one word that comes to mind- Cousoumeh.

CARIFESTA 14 shows once again that it is indeed a melting pot of culture, cuisine and music – the glue of the Caribbean islands.