There are currently small groups of craft artisans in various crafts all over the parish of Westmoreland. In Bluefields Bay, the craft artisans if given the opportunity through training, could offer a distinct brand to local and tourist visitors. A consultant with the Jamaica Business Development Center (JBDC), hired by The Caribsave Partnership, came to Bluefields to survey and write up a report about the the local artisans and agro-prosessors. The consultant met with the BBFFS and Westmoreland Organic Farmers Society in order to assertion the viability of income generating and alternative livelihood opportunities around the Bluefields Bay.
The intention for the baseline demographic study is to develop a craft hub that will facilitate a market for the selling of craft. The groups’ collaborative approach in this regard will deepen the community tourism thrust. All community members interviewed for this study see the critical need for the Craft & Agro-processing hub and marketplace to be activated at the Belmont Fishing Village sooner than later to facilitate the selling of craft as the launching pad to success.
Woodcarvers, Jewelry-makers, Seamstresses, Crochet Knitters, Leather Designers, Screen & Dye Printers, Hand Painters, Straw/Basket Weavers