July 1,  2015

EXUMA, The Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis, announced the grant of $2,300 to each of the twenty-three Straw Market vendors who suffered losses resulting from a fire which destroyed the Straw Market in George Town, Exuma two months ago.

Addressing the straw vendors and members of the community gathered at Regatta Park, Minister Davis said, “every challenge presents an opportunity. This is an opportunity for Exuma to “up its game” in artisanship and craftsmanship. Straw vending is one of our country’s oldest industries. Many Bahamians are born of talented fingers and entrepreneurial spirits of straw vendors. Those gone before us have demonstrated that the talent exists and we encourage vendors to go back to basics and offer more Bahamian-made products in the straw market.

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