Our Stories

Our Stories

The inspirational stories of Jamaicans in business. Our Stories is intended to highlight and promote the positive in challenging and life-altering experiences.

The name comes from two sources. Nadine Hall, our classmate, sister, friend, our family. She passed away on March 16, 2006, while we were in the 8th grade. Only days before we all participated in a class pantomime and she played Harriet Tubman. It was such a devastating experience...

In this installment of Our Stories, Former Physical Education Teacher of Calvary Preparatory School, Head Chief and business owner Cerine Bernard shares her story as a single mother. For many people, Jamaica is pictured as an island paradise –...

Honestly, my father was quite scarce during my childhood years. Though we would speak on the phone on a few occasions, the physical father figure I needed; being susceptible to all the wiles that had existed, was not there. Drugs began to look

In this installment of Our Stories, Statistics Manager, Mr. Roy McPherson shares his journey from struggle to success. For many people, Jamaica is pictured as an island paradise – white sandy beaches, a beautiful and vivacious culture, rich and...

In this installment of Our Stories, community activist and youth leader, Kereen Allen shares how she has been able to raise her son with Cerebral Palsy. For many people, Jamaica is pictured as an island paradise – white sandy...

One day I felt extremely woozy while I was in Courts Jamaica Limited in Linstead and suddenly I collapsed on one of the beds then was rushed to the Linstead Hospital and was later admitted to..

I carried the pain of my parents' broken relationship and I just could not shake it. It affected me to my core. I also lost confidence in my ability to do well in the university because of the challenges I faced in completing assignments and also the fact that my family was broken and we were living apart from my dad. In spite of it all, I...

In this installation of Our Stories, visually impaired Nigel Griffiths explains how he paints to remember this beautiful world. For many people, Jamaica is pictured as an island paradise- white sandy beaches, a beautiful and vivacious culture, rich and...

I doubt myself all the time (laughs). The thing is I go through these cycles of self-doubt, like, 'what am I doing with my life?' because, right now, I spend a lot of time at home. I’m at home making jewellery. And with a career like this, it’s not really steady. So, sometimes in the year...

In this installation of Our Stories, Shaundae Demns shares how she became a serial entrepreneur in a matter of years. For many people, Jamaica is pictured as an island paradise- white sandy beaches, a beautiful and vivacious culture, rich...

TALKS WITH TESS

“The time will pass anyway.  You can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. ...