07 Jun - 10 Jun, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 pmLloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados
Empowering women entrepreneurs has been at the forefront for the Caribbean Export Development Agency in cooperation with the European Union over the past year with the inaugural WE-Xport programme. They’ll be bringing together the first cohort of women owned businesses in two WE-Xport pavilions at this years’ BMEX.
WE-Xport, which is short for Women Empowered through Export, has been the first women only initiative of the Caribbean Export designed to enhance the export competitiveness of women owned firms. Since its launch in March 2018, 20 female entrepreneurs have been involved in a range of interventions including an access to finance workshop co-sponsored with the Caribbean Development Bank; one on one business coaching and technical assistance support to strengthen the development of key aspects of their businesses and prepare them to start exporting or grow their exports regionally and internationally.
A significant aspect of the programme has been to support increased market penetration. Some of the WE-Xport firms were able to attend international trade shows such as SIAL Paris and conducted market visits in Europe to gain consumer feedback during the European Development Days (EDD2018). With a sales and marketing initiative promoting the WE-Xport businesses with buyers in the Caribbean and internationally, the companies will bring their products to BMEX where they will meet with Barbadian, regional and international buyers.
MEET THE BRANDS OF WE-XPORT
Beauty, cosmetics, fashion and jewelry W 23/24
Your True Shade (Jamaica) – A high quality product that uses natural minerals and local ingredients to create a potpourri of 23 make up shade variations, bronzers, blush among other products that match the shades of the Caribbean woman. YTS is keen on our mantra “Flawless Skin and Flawless Makeup”.
bahamaSpaTM (The Bahamas) – Proud producers of soap, body whipped cream, sea salt scrubs and more. Their luxurious line of spa products is handcrafted using the finest indigenous, healing, nourishing, mineral replenishing, herbs, salts and essential oils from the land and sea.
Designs by Nadia (Saint Lucia) – ‘Designs by Nadia’ – produces one-of-a-kind designs and limited collections created from indigenous and naturally occurring material, such as seeds, fish scales, sea glass, leather and metals from the region. The pieces exude a sensual femininity that instinctively complements the wearer – it is best described as a “kind of empowerment” or “a conversation piece.”
Bijou Lakay (Haiti) – An innovative line of jewelry and accessories handmade with natural materials like bullhorn, bones, wood. A community of craftsmen transform designs to bold jewelry. Each collection tells a story. Authenticity and style define us.
Tambran by Tamara (Grenada) – a luxury eco-jewelry brand that specialises in the creation of one of a kind, handmade, statement jewelry and accessories from the transformation of recycled materials and naturals seeds and fibers.
Kimya Glasgow (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) – The Kimya Glasgow aesthetic celebrates the rhythm of the human form in motion, influenced by the Caribbean aesthetic through its culture and art. The relaxed elegance of Cottons, Linens, Crochet and Jute are often juxtaposed with the warm, luminescent glow of Dupioni Silks or even the sparkle of lamé or sequins. Unique touches such as hand-painting and hand-beading or a soft lining, add a sense of luxury to handmade wearable-art pieces.
Meme Bete (Saint Lucia) – At Même Bête, they focus on providing bags that are both practical and fashionable. All items are handmade with precision in Saint Lucia, to offer you the best quality and finishing. The vibrant chic designs are inspired by island life; the colour, the traditions and the history. You can guarantee that Même Bête bags will give your look an unforgettable pop of fun!
Kapril Industrial Laboratorio (Dominican Republic) – In 2005, the KAPRIL brand launched a line of hair care products made of five protein and vitamin ingredients which made it known and won the acceptance of the consuming public.
Dominica Tours (Dominica) – The Nature Island’s Experience Coordinators is a private Destination Management & Marketing company offering accommodations and experiences in the North, South & Central of Dominica, above & below the water!
The Villas at Sunset Lane (Antigua and Barbuda) – Nestled beautifully on a hillside surrounded by the richest of colours and natural fauna you will find your home away from home – the Award-winning Villas at Sunset Lane.
Food and Beverage E 44/45
Eco Farms (Jamaica) – Innovators of honey, EcoFarms utilize sustainable technology to produce organic-quality products. They strategically position their bees in remote areas near orchards of coffee, logwood, orange, flowering trees and crops to create natural flavoured honey.
Wippy Peanut Butter (Suriname) – Peanuts, peanuts and more peanuts that are naturally grown and sourced from across the region and internationally go in to every jar of Wippy Peanut Butter.
Caribbean Cure (Trinidad and Tobago) – A collection of healing teas that are handcrafted with premium organic ingredients which contain no additives or artificial flavours. They feature local healing ingredients and pair them with aromatic natural herbs, flowers and barks to ensure tea drinkers enjoy maximum wellness in every cup.
Habanero Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago) – Adding flavor to life by always providing the finest quality pepper sauce. Habernero pepper sauce uses sun ripened Trinidad moruga red peppers, land race yellow peppers and scorpion peppers.
Hot Mama’s Belize Ltd (Belize) – Manufacturers of food products using fresh ingredients. Vegan, non-gmo, gluten free with no preservatives. Their vision is to become the world’s favorite pepper sauce supplier.
Sugar Town Organics (St. Kitts and Nevis) – Sugar Town Organics is a mother and daughter led health and wellness company with two product lines: Yaphene and Flauriel. Together the duo and their team create farm fresh cosmetics and food products packed with raw, organic, active ingredients to promote good health and wellbeing.