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Grant Ends Chand Family’s Struggle

Grant Ends Chand Family’s Struggle
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya and recipients of the Micro and Small Business Grant Scheme at the Technical College in Nadi on June 27, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
June 28
18:35 2017

Maureen Mukeshni Chand and her family watched Tropical Cyclone Winston destroy their home in 2016 in Qalitu, Lautoka, with just the flooring of their home left unscathed.

She worked at Sumit’s Photo Studio during that time and it left her and her husband, Rajesh Lal, a welder, wondering about their future and that of their two children.

With looting of damaged homes in their area, she decided to quit her job and stay home to rebuild her family’s life again.

Mrs Chand said she decided to make sweets and sell it from home and though the income was small, she managed to save a bit and start buying some household items.

During this time, her family stayed in a small lean-to structure.

When all seemed to be heading to a life of misery, the Government announced the Housing Initiative Programme to help individuals rebuild their homes.

The couple applied for the $7000 grant, received the building materials and a better home started to take shape.

“I had applied for a licence for a sweets cart and a mini mart and received this last year.

“I could not start the mini mart as I had no capital and continued the sweets cart.”

Yesterday, the Government gave her that opportunity to start a mini mart through the  Micro and Small Business Grant Scheme.

She was handed the cheque by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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