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The journey that brought me to the VV GROW training in Argentina was one marked by unexpected turns and a bit of luck. I first heard about this fellowship from a speaker I met at an event who thought the program would benefit me, both as an individual and owner of KukUp Kreations, a pastry and catering company in Jamaica. I decided to apply and when I was shortlisted and then accepted, I was so surprised that I spent several moments in disbelief, just basking in what I consider my greatest business achievement.   

This program has marked a turning point in my life, both personally and professionally.

It has been such an honor for me to participate in the online and in-person training as a VV GROW fellow.  In Argentina, I  had many opportunities to meet face to face with trainers who knew the challenges I was facing in growing my business. There is something powerful that comes from being surrounded by women with whom you can identify as having shared experience; persons whom you can inspire and persons who can challenge and inspire you to greatness. 

This program has been uniquely tailored to me. Though I completed an MBA years ago, this is the first time in my life I received assignments and guidance that are practical and tailored to me and my business.

I have grown so much as a result of this program, but it hasn’t been easy. I am the mother of a very active one year old and owner of demanding, hands-on business where I’m managing my business while in the kitchen. It wasn’t easy to attend all of the trainings and complete my assignments, but it was worth it. 
Given the time and effort invested in me and my business by the VV GROW, I feel compelled to hold up to my end of the bargain and make my business grow and in turn and along the way help others. It is a responsibility to give back and help my community and country.

I wish to share with other entrepreneurs just as selflessly as I have been helped this past week.  I look forward to being able to share my experience and my story in years to come, and I want to inspire others as I have been inspired here in Argentina.