Let us all show love, support, and encouragement to 18-yr old Jaria Fraser who is a resident of Paul’s Avenue, St. Vincent. She is a young Entrepreneur, currently in her final year at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC), Division of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE) where she is pursuing her studies of AAS Agricultural Science and Entrepreneurship.
She is a young agri-preneur who has been involved in hands on farming at secondary level but from a primary level gained knowledge, exposure and love for agriculture through her mother’s line of work. Jaria is the owner of JP’s Mosquito Repellent, she is hoping to see her product not only being displayed on the local but also regional and international markets along-side newly developed locally made produce in innovative ways.
One of the major requirements for the program was to create a product/service. JP’s Mosquito Repellent was not only developed for a school project but to create environmentally friendly products using natural locally produced herbs and spices to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.
Message to Youths from Jaria
There is little, or no employment opportunities present here in St. Vincent due to the population and diversity in a workplace. Hundreds of students graduate from college each year and most of them are not fortunate enough to get a job. Therefore she sees agriculture as a gateway where by successful business development can take place and since agriculture is the backbone of the economy for food and value added production successful businesses can arrive.
Choosing Agricultural Science did not teach her only about farming, but about using each aspect of the Knowledge given to see a problem and be innovative in finding a solution that benefits the over-all economy and sets it high on the map.
• She graduated from the Bishop’s College Kingstown with (8) subjects.
• She was accepted into the AAS Agricultural Science and Entrepreneurship program at DTVE.
• Found an innovative way of using locally produced herbs and spice to create the product JP’s Mosquito Repellent.
Her favourite quotes:
• “Surprise people with your success: move in silence”- Geraldo Alexander
• “With in every accomplishment, something bigger awaits: therefore being able to know your direction to accomplishment is key”- Jaria Fraser
• “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative”-Woody Allen
Jaria expresses sincere gratitude firstly to God, her Mother: Kozel Peters Fraser, Father: Marvin Fraser, her classmates, community of Paul’s Avenue and her Lecturers