Amber is $20 Challenge champion
She sold an organic mosquito lotion, and then donated the entire $2,611 raised to aid in efforts to have the defunct Society Primary School in St John back in operation.
For her endeavour, Amber McKenzie, 15, was named the overall winner in the 2014 Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) Columbus $20 Challenge.
At the awards ceremony on Saturday night at Hilton Barbados Resort, the Codrington School student, who formed the company Organic Essentials, also placed first in the Charity Donation category.
“I do hope that by being a good businesswoman I go far in life with my passion,” she said.
Another big winner was Britney Sealy, of Lemon Rush, who received the award for Enterprise And Excellence In Branding and the Best Business at the $20 Challenge Marketplace.
After receiving her award, The St Michael School student said the entire exercise was fun.
“I actually think that the $20 Challenge was not a challenge, but more of an experience because I learnt a lot of stuff, which really will help me as I become an entrepreneur later on in life,” she said.
The other winners were Msg. In A Mug, of St Winifred’s School, for Product Excellence; Bajan Cravings, of The Deighton Griffith School, for Most Market-Ready Business; R&Z Skincare, of Lockerbie College, for Research And Product Development; Delicious Bitez, of Springer Memorial Secondary, for Teamwork and Best Example Of A Cooperative; and Velas Verdes, of The Codrington School, for Excellence In Strategic Planning And Execution.
Claim Surf Competition of St Winifred’s School received the Innovation In Sports Development Award. This was the only male finalist group.