GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday November 14, 2016 – Guyanese entrepreneur Abbigale Loncke will get the opportunity of a lifetime this week.
She is one of a select 21 young people who will meet president of the United States Barrack Obama later this week in Peru at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
Loncke, who successfully took part in the 2016 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) earlier this year, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Health Care, an agency which delivers home care for the elderly, sick, disabled, and children. It also helps to train women, who need employment, offering them work as caregivers.
The young CEO was among four Guyanese chosen to represent the nation at the YLAI. The YLAI brought together 250 young leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, Guyana and the United States for an exchange programme that involved internship and skills-building workshops.
She successfully participated in the YLAI pitch competition in which she showcased her skills.
“It was tough…21 finalists…I was the only person to represent Guyana…I didn’t win the competition but I’m heading to Peru on Wednesday to meet President Obama. There’s the APEC summit from the 17-19 and so a few participants were invited to go meet him as he wasn’t able to see us due to election commitments. I leave Wednesday and come back Sunday. I’m excited about that!” Loncke told Kaieteur News.
She plans to use her skills to further train single mothers and young women to care for the elderly.
“I also want to create a volunteer group that would care for the elderly folks who can’t afford it but need help at home.”