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INVESTMENT: Business Grant Recipients Praise Govt

INVESTMENT: Business Grant Recipients Praise Govt
Recipients of the Micro and Small Business Grant with the Minister for Forestry, Osea Naiqamu and the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya in Ba on September 16, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
September 17
10:21 2017

Deo Dutt Singh couldn’t hold back his tears after being awarded $1000 under the Micro and Small Business Grant in Ba yesterday.

The father of five also thanked Government for the support which would enable him to expand his poultry farm business.

The 65-year-old man from Tabataba in Ba uses crutches to walk after having problems with his hips a few years ago.

“I have been having in this problem for the last 10 to 15 years, but today is one of the happiest moments in my life, because I get the chance to get financial assistance from Government in order for me to expand our family poultry farm,” he said.

Mr Singh added that it was first time that any Government had stepped in to help them.

“In the previous years, no Government has ever given us this kind of assistance and I will vote for them again in the next election because this is the kind of people we want in this country,” Mr Singh said with tears in his eyes.

Another recipient from Rakiraki, 67-year-old Anaseini Yalayala, said the grant would be used to revive her poultry.

She is originally from Burebasaga in Rewa, but is married and living in Navunivi, Ra.

“I left home at 6am just to be here and I want to thank Government for their assistance. In the previous Government we didn’t get such assistance.

“This is the kind of Government we want in Fiji. Thank you Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for coming down to help us. This has been a topic of discussion all over Rakiraki,” Ms Yalayala said.

Another recipient in Rakiraki, 50-year-old, Udaybhan Singh said that he would use the grant to fix his garage which was destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“Our garage was our only source of income, but it was destroyed during TC Winston, so I will use this $1000 to rebuild it. I want to thank Government for their assistance,” the father of three said.

About the grant

While handing out the micro and small business grants, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya said yesterday they had assisted 13,205 people.

He handed the award to 817 recipients in Rakiraki and another 309 successful recipients in Ba.

Mr Koya said it had impacted the livelihoods of more than 66,000 ordinary Fijians.

The successful recipients, Mr Koya said, were part of the 11,871 successful applicants for the financial year, 2016-2017.

He said one main objective of Government was helping local businesses grow from within the economy and contributed to the nation’s economic growth.

Through the grants, Mr Koya said they would enable new businesses to expand.

This, he added showed the ability to positively contribute in building our economy stronger.

Mr Koya reminded the recipients to put the money to good use and start their own businesses so that they could improve their lives.

“Your ability to grow means the creation of new and additional jobs, leading to a healthy monetary exchange in your community,” he said.

Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali said that 40 per cent of grant recipients were women entrepreneurs.


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