The project is called "MACOL," which stands for Magasin Communautaire de Lemuel (Lemuel Community Store).
The dream in a nutshell is this: build a local warehouse that can stock supplies in bulk and make them available to the community at lower cost. Not only will the store provide sustainable jobs, but it will benefit families and small business owners (and therefore their clients too) for miles around by providing goods at a lower cost than is currently possible. A portion of the proceeds will also support outreach in the community.
MACOL will begin by selling construction materials. In the future, the goal is to offer food and household goods as well. Eventually, we hope to have a micro-credit program to help small businesses get started and succeed.
In the meantime, the jobs created by the construction are providing relief for families struggling through the effects of confinement measures, drastic inflation, and a disintegrating economy. The timing works out perfectly, since parents will have expenses accompanying the start of school as well.
"MACOL is a project that will once again reinforce to the community that Lemuel is here for them--that Lemuel thinks about their situation and seeks to support them where they need it most."
Director of Development Williamso