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Unicomer Ja enhances employability for persons with disabilities

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Courts Branch Manager Marjorie Daniels (centre); Bridgette Johnson Beckett (right), founder and president of the Portmore Self-help Disability Organisation; and Ishiwawa Hope, manager, Social Development Commission. On display is a sample of the reusable grocery bags programme participants have learnt to make.

With the disabled community accounting for approximately 10 per cent of Jamaica's population, employment remains a significant challenge. Unicomer Jamaica Limited through its Courts brand, in partnership with The Portmore Self-Help Disability Organisation (PSDO), recently handed over two domestic sewing machines to increase the earning capacity of persons living with disabilities (PWDs).

The domestic sewing machines will further the skills-based training for 25 persons under the 'Sewing To Improve Technical Capabilities Holistically' project (STITCH). The training programme will teach participants basic skills of making pillows, cushions and reusable grocery bags.


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Katasha Thompson, senior brand manager notes, "Courts strongly believes that equipping persons living with disabilities with the necessary skills to be self-sufficient is crucial. Our communities are stronger when there is equal opportunity for socio-economic development. Through our contribution to the Portmore Self-Help Disability Organisation, we hope to foster a spirit of independence and self-confidence among persons living with disabilities."

Inclusive growth and social fairness are at the core of Courts' commitment to bringing value to every Jamaican. As good corporate citizens we continue to take a wholesome approach to serving in the communities within which we operate.

"The two sewing machines donated by Courts form a critical part of the equipment required for the STITCH project. These machines will enable the participating PWDs to be effectively trained with the necessary practical exercises, demonstrations and thereafter contribute the skills gained towards sewing the items proposed by the project. This involvement with the project, will vastly improve their earning capacity," explained Bridgette Johnson Beckett, founder and president of the PSDO.

Unicomer Group is a large international retailing group based in El Salvador that operates several chains of retail brands in the consumer durables sector, specialising in furniture, appliances, electronics, eyewear and short term financing. The Unicomer Group operates over 830 stores in Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States, and employs over 13,000 associates.

Unicomer Group acquired Courts in 2006, which has been a market leader since its inception in 1959 with its bright yellow, red, and blue buildings dominating major towns across the island. Since then, Unicomer Group expanded the retailing landscape to include Lucky Dollar, Courts Optical, Courts Ready Cash, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, and RadioShack.