Welcoming Our Second Cohort of Supreme Heroes!
The Supreme Ventures Foundation (SVF) is very excited to announce the second year of our social enterprise programme Supreme Heroes.
Supreme Heroes is a unique outreach programme powered by SVF that seeks to identify and support unsung heroes across the island who use the limited resources from their small businesses to lend a hand to those in need.
After a successful staging with our first cohort of Heroes, we will be welcoming another group of four finalists that have been nominated by members of their community to undergo training, take on new projects and compete for the title of Ultimate Hero.
It’s time to meet the 2022 cohort and you too will understand clearly why they were nominated – we know you will be just as moved and impressed by the work they are doing in their communities. They truly embodied the spirit of giving, taking care of your neighbour and of course Jamaican entrepreneurship. The kind of spirit that is the heartbeat of our island, what makes Jamaicans tick.
Along with our partners Changemakers and the University of the West Indies Mona Entrepreneurial and Commercialization Center (MECC), the Supreme Ventures Foundation celebrates our new heroes and wish them every success in the programme.
Meet Our 2022 Supreme Heroes
Learn more about our second cohort of Supreme Heroes by checking out the videos below!
Kerr Decor n More
ANDREA KERR-FINAKIN – Ms. Kerr as she is affectionately called, is the operator of Kerr’s Décor N More in Rose Heights, Montego Bay and specializes in the making of sheet sets, curtains, bedspreads, cushions and just about and items to beautify the home. It functions with a goal of expanding to create employment for youth in and around the community.
Ms Kerr offers free adult literacy classes at the community center in Rose Heights. She also gives back to her community through her church activities and the local school projects such as the provision of skips, summer camp programmes and feeding programmes for the children of the community. She loves working with young people, who she refers to as an “endangered species” because of the many things designed to lead them astray.
An avid Environmentalist, Ms Kerr also plays a crucial role in the recycling program for the Rose Heights community. The program, in collaboration with Recycling Partners of Jamaica actively encourages the recycling of plastic materials and provides special recycling skips around the community, including Ms Kerr’s residence. This also helps to educate persons in the use of recycling and how useful things can be made from what seems to be trash.
Farmerdex Wholesale & Retail
ANESHA MILLER – Farmerdex Wholesale & Retail store is registered as a Sole Trader and operated by Anesha Miller across the three volatile communities of the St. Andrew West Rural constituency. Anesha’s community outreach program over the year has contributed to touching the lives of people in the Gordon Town and Papine area by providing proper and safe accommodations for students who are affected whenever the Hope River, which runs through the community is in spate due to heavy rains.
Anesha also regularly executes various treats, fun days and back to school packages for the youth in her community, which is usually funded from her own pocket. Each year members of the community, come together to use the opportunity to volunteer to aid in food preparation and execution if event.
Jamaica Bike Life
MATTHEW PRENDERGAST – Also known as Prendi, Matthew is a philanthropist and operator of Jamaica Bike Life, a community based program where he keeps young men occupied by teaching them riding and stunts skills, as well as mechanics of bicycles and motorcycles. The programme also encourages safety in riding and teaches tactical riding skills.
Every June, which is recognized as road safety month, Jamaica Bike Life in partnership with Heart Trust NTA and the Road Safety Unit, hosts information sessions about motorcycle and road safety measures in schools, most notably, the Mountainside Primary School in St. Elizabeth, where he did this with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The program helps build the entrepreneurial skills of the members thorough product development, such as stunt parts, safety gear and branding decals. Each member also develops personal brand building skills, which has led to sponsorship support from corporate Jamaica and international companies.
Bamboo Fever Restaurant
EMEELIA MCCALLUM – Emeelia McCallum is the owner and operator of the Bamboo Fever Restaurant located in Mount Salem, Montego Bay. The restaurant offers a variety of healthy and affordable meal options, including vegetarian. The premises is also used to host etiquette class and now mainly stands as a homework centre for the children in the community. The centre is funded primarily by Emeelia and sponsors she has acquired over the years but due to the pandemic, operations had to be scaled down in recent years. With restrictions lifted, her hope is to expand the centre to accommodate more children from the community and cater to a wider group of students by providing better resources to assist their studies.
Emeelia has a long history of service to her community, Mount Salem, which was the first established zone of special operations in Jamaica. The community is usually plagued by crime, unemployment & unmonitored youths, therefore she thought it necessary to develop a programme to engage the young people and empower members of community with a healthy way of life or a better alternative.