Twelve years ago, when Joe Pierre was just 13 years old, his mother died, leaving him with no alternative but to leave school and assist his father with providing for himself and siblings.

With encouragement from his father over the years, Pierre has now established himself as a glass-cutter, and he operates a little stall on Croal Street in the city, obliquely opposite the Metro Building. Seated under the shade of several trees, Pierre can be found from 8 am in the morning cutting rearview mirrors for vehicles as well as carving number plates. He says he can do any job which relates to cutting glass.

The Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara resident said that he has been in the glass-cutting business for about 12 years after he left the construction industry. “I use to put in louvre windows, wardrobe glass and so, but now I dealing with strictly vehicles,” he said.

Joe Pierre

The father of one said that his passion for his job has increased over the years, adding that even though the job can be dangerous, he finds delight in putting the finishing touches to his work. “Sometimes when you filing the edges of the glass all the splits goes into your skin… on two occasions it went into my eyes and almost damage it… But to see the look of satisfaction on customer faces makes me more hungry to go after this job,” he told Sunday Stabroek.

Joe Pierrre collection

The man said that one of the disadvantages of his job is sourcing money for the glass which he said is costly at the stores. “I spend a lot of money to buy glass… sometimes I don’t gain no profit,” he said. He explained that if the driver of a vehicle replaces an entire mirror, it is very expensive, but if he puts the mirror into the mirror sockets it will be much cheaper.

Pierre said that he has developed his skill over the years, and now he finds it easy to fit mirrors into various sockets which may have been damaged in an accident. He can fit mirrors into Toyota cars such as the Premio, Corolla and Allion, among others.

But apart from fitting mirrors on vehicles, Pierre also is good at carving number plates. “I do whatever little I can to get the dollar bill,” he told this newspaper, “I even put the people names on it [number plate] if they want.”

Pierre said he spends almost 10 hours each day working: “You see how de society is going these days; the economy is getting rough… If I sit down and wait cat gone with me dinner.” He said that “everybody got to hussle to get what they want in this life.”

His daughter is getting older each day, he said, and he has to work hard to ensure that she gets access to a proper education, one which he was never fortunate to receive.

When asked whether the job provided a sufficient income for him, Piere nodded, saying “Some days business is bright, likewise on other occasions things does be very slow.”

Pierre added too that being self employed meant being self-motivated, which gave a sense of being independent. “Nobody is there to tell me when or what to do or what time to leave work… I am able to manage my time better and it teaches me determination.” He went on to say that if he cannot get things done , no one will do it for him.

As regards his future, Joe said that he sees himself being more established as a glass cutter: “I want to expand my job and enhance my skills… I believe in progress and it first starts with me being determined to accomplish whatever I put my mind to.”

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Can Guyana afford parking meters?

‘Cities love meters – they are a “captive” income source. … unless you know someone or are a “public figure”, the city will tow your car if you have too many tickets.

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Government spending and the economy

Last week the Private Sector Commission (PSC) urged the government to increase its spending to stimulate the needed aggregate demand to sustain business activity.

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Peru’s president-elect demands freedoms in Venezuela

Peru’s pro-business President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won his country’s elections by a hair with the last-minute help of a leftist party, but — judging from what he told me in an interview — he won’t budge on his criticism of Venezuela and other repressive regimes.

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Public financial management: 1966 – present (Final)

This is the fifth and final in a series of articles on the above aimed at highlighting the extent of our achievements in the post-Independence period.

LUCAS STOCK INDEXThe Lucas Stock Index (LSI) rose 0.54 per cent during the third period of trading in June 2016. The stocks of six companies were traded with 79,573 shares changing hands. There were three Climbers and one Tumbler. The stocks of Banks DIH (DIH) rose 1.98 per cent on the sale of 18,757 while the stocks of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) rose 5.26 per cent on the sale of 41,667 shares. In addition, the stocks of Demerara Tobacco Company (DTC) rose 1.51 per cent on the sale of 13,603 shares. In contrast, the stocks of Demerara Bank Limited (DBL) fell 5.26 per cent on the sale of 4,324 shares.  In the meanwhile, the stocks of Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (BTI) and Republic Bank Limited (RBL) remained unchanged on the sale of 222 and 1,000 shares respectively.

Massy and Guyana (Part 1)

Steadfast Last year, this writer looked at the Massy Group of Companies formerly Neal and Massy to gain an understanding of the operations of this company which has been doing business in Guyana for the past 48 years. 


Value-added performance of the forest sub-sector: Erratic, weak, declining

Erratic Last week’s column highlighted what I consider to be a most distinctive feature of the extractive forest sub-sector’s performance in Guyana’s economy, during the past decade.

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The UK bids Europe farewell

On June 23 by a small majority, the British people voted to remove themselves from the European Union (EU). The decision has consequences for the Caribbean.

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What would life be without sport?

I wonder what it would be like to exclude sport completely from one’s life for, say, one year? No playing sport, no watching it, no reading it no discussing it no thinking about it even.


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