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Vendors want to own stores

Vendors want to own stores
Minister John King (left) asking Farhanah Muhammad of Berry Flawless Naturals about one of their products. (Picture by Sandy Pitt.)

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Vendors at the Pelican Craft Village want to eventually own the stores they operate from, says the president of the Pelican Tenants Association, Wayne Onkphra Wells.

He made that disclosure yesterday during the launch of the 2020 Pelican Independence Arts & Craft Festival.

During his address, the artisan, business owner and head of the relatively new association used the Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act as a benchmark, which he said helped Barbadians to acquire land.

He suggested this was the direction Government should go in with the village.

“It [Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act] was a magnificent tool to empower local average working-class Barbadians to own a piece of the rock. The National Housing Corporation has put in place an agreement where tenants can own the units that they have been paying rent for over the years. . .” (TG)

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