Women in agriculture
By Indrawattie Natram
Despite advancing her academics past the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), 20-year-old Sherreyon Bisram, aka Sherry, of Red Lock Village in Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam), finds herself vending at the Anna Regina Market daily, selling agricultural produce harvested from her family’s farm. For her, this activity has paved the way for future advancement and opportunities; it doesn’t hurt that she enjoys every moment of it.
Bisram, after completing her secondary education at Abram Zuil High School, attended the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) in 2012 where she attained a certificate in forestry. After gaining experience in the field of forestry, she then pursued a certificate in supervisory management through the University of Guyana. Additionally, she has also completed a few courses in Information Technology. However, as she explained, even as she pursued academic achievement, Bisram never swayed from her true calling, farming and vending.
“Since I small I used to help my mom on the farm; during the summer I would find myself going to the market to sell. I find farming very enjoyable and although I studied different fields, my mind is on selling what I produce,” the young businesswoman said.
Bisram, in 2013, began vending full-time from her mom’s stall at the Anna Regina Market and since then, she has discovered the true meaning of independence. This budding businesswoman can be seen from the Market’s entrance, with her huge red and black umbrellas over her neatly packed stall of vegetables and fruits. Many persons have questioned why would a highly qualified girl stand in the sweltering heat under two umbrellas waiting for sales. But, Bisram says she simply enjoys doing it and wouldn’t trade it for anything. She loves being her own boss and the independence she feels in vending and gardening.
“Once you plant, there must be money and once you get money, you can develop in life. I love selling and I enjoy the independence,” Bisram explained.