Round robins, se­ri­ous eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties

... could pro­vide good mone­tary re­turns

Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS - Daviot Kelly Staff Re­porter

There’s no round robin without the pop­u­lar beers and rums. EVER HEAR some­one say they’re hav­ing a round robin and in­vite you to come by and sup­port?

If you’ve ever been to one, you know it’s a ‘drink-up’ (or ‘drink out’), which usu­ally has some good mu­sic and maybe some food (soup is al­ways a sure win­ner). But there’s a bit more to it than that. It is part of the in­for­mal econ­omy, and par­tic­i­pants re­gard it as se­ri­ous eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, say­ing it can pro­vide good mone­tary re­turns.

Now, any true Jamaican knows what a part­ner draw is. Well, a round robin is es­sen­tially the same thing, ex­cept for one ma­jor ad­di­tion.

“Is like a part­ner draw, but when you throw your money, some a it yuh use fi drinks,” ex­plained Micke­sha Gibbs. So for in­stance, if the draw is $5,000, and $1,000 is set aside for drinks, you col­lect your $1,000 of liquor at the next drink-up. The drink-ups take place dur­ing the round robin’s cy­cle.

“Each per­son in the round robin keeps one event once a week,” ex­plained Di­a­mond Ying. “How long they go for de­pends on how many per­sons are in it.” Gibbs noted that while there is no set num­ber, most per­sons go for, be­tween 15 and 20 peo­ple. A round robin master as she calls it, has a ‘launch’, which usu­ally serves as the first

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