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Grant Sweet As Honey, Says Budding Beekeeper

Grant Sweet As Honey, Says Budding Beekeeper
All smiles...Kesaia Qionimua (left) and Keshmi Lata yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
March 19
11:00 2017

Beekeeping entrepreneur Kesaia Qionimua says her $1000 grant is sweet like honey.

Her dream, she adds, would be one day she will receive the Businesswoman of the Year Award.

The grant launches her quest.

The 40-year-old of Vakabalea Settlement, Navua, was among 549 recipients who each received $1000 under the Micro and Small Business Grant from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Navua yesterday.

Ms Qionimua said she wanted to start a bee farming business to support her husband and four children who were still schooling.

“I am so happy to receive this grant from the Government. This grant will help me to start my bee farming business,” she said.

“I am a domestic worker and wanted to start up my own business to support my family and provide a better education for my children,” she said.

Ms Qionimua said there was demand for honey and with this small bee farming business she wanted to help Fiji’s economy grow.

At 67, recipient Tejani of Wainividio, Navua, wants to start a poultry farm to support her sickly husband and two daughters who have communication disability.

“It might take some time to start a poultry farm but nothing is impossible,” she said.

“I am happy that I have received this grant from the Fijian Government to start my poultry farm.”

Ms Tejani said she had faced some hardship to support her husband and two daughters but this grant would ease her struggle to support her family.

Retired teacher Nacanieli Lutu, 70, of Naceva village on Beqa Island said he would start a joinery business after the grant he received from the Fijian Government, yesterday.

“After retirement I took up carpentry and I want to sell my joinery work and make coffin box, clothing and closet storage and other things and sell it to people on Beqa Island.

“I want to support my grandchildren with whatever I can earn after selling my joinery products,” he said.

Farmer Ravendra Lal, 53, of Raiwaqa Navua, said he aimed to provide his two children better education in future.

“The grant which I have received from the Fijian Government today will help me a lot in expanding my farming business,” he said.

“I will start saving money from the profit I would make from vegetables and support my family and provide my children with better education in future.”

Ms Sokoinatobe Waqadau, 47, of Mau Village in Namosi has been a tailor for the past 10 years.

The mother of five children has been sewing clothes and has been selling them to help her husband.

“With the grant which I have received from the Fijian Government, I will buy overlocker sewing machine and sew more clothes,” she said.

Ms Waqadau said with whatever she could earn, she would help her husband to support their two children.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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