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In February, EMBARC's Waterloo office completed their third annual Community Producers Workshop. The workshop was designed to train members of the Burma community on the various aspects of starting, handling, and maintaining a business to help empower participants to sell their own goods and services. The workshop was administered by RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps members at EMBARC in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa Center for Environmental Education and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Thirty members from the Burma community participated in the two week, thirty hour class. Before the class, most attendees knew very little about the various aspects of banking, credit scores, and business in the United States. As a result of this class, attendees reported feeling more confident with cash handling, food safety, and customer service, and 15 participants signed up to work in the community garden and sell their goods during the farmers market. One participant stated that as a result of this class they "... would love to learn more about the farmers' market because I would like to sell products from my country." This month, the program will continue with participants learning how to garden, working together to maintain a community garden, and selling what they grow to local markets and stores.
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