Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Mrs. Supriya Singh-Bodden has set up a company in the Cayman Islands that is called "Hand Made With Love."
The store outlet for this company is located at Crown Sq. on the island. Orders of leather slippers, handbags, belts, wallets, small leather items, baskets, and pottery have been imported from Guyana. These items have already arrived on the island and the shop is slated to open in September. This has assisted craft makers and artists in Guyana greatly and will continue. Fabrics made by the ladies at our Sunrise Center was ordered and sent to the shop as well. It is intended that these items and more will be sold to the cruise ship tourists which is a vibrant industry.
In an effort to give back to the Cayman Islands for all of the assistance and generosity of its people toward the work Mrs. Singh-Bodden is doing in Guyana, she has arranged to set up a tannery in Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison, Grand Cayman. Mr. Collin Bollers, a Guyanese, is a consultant on the project. He is presently in the Cayman Islands with the Managing Director of the Guyana Foundation, Ms. Susan Isaacs for the first workshop with the prisoners. Supriya , Susan, and Collin will conduct the workshops over a period of three days with different batches of prisoners. Meanwhile, Joannah Bodden a native of the Cayman Islands has joined the team to make this project a reality. The tannery is currently under construction.
On Wednesday 19th July, the team was visited by the entire Cayman Islands Press Corp who was able to see for the first time some of the items that have come from Guyana, giving them an idea of how skills training can benefit the inmates positively.