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Rainima wows YES panel with new setup

Rainima wows YES panel with new setup
Atunaisa Rainima (second from left) with family during the launch of the YES programme at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on January 11, 2018. Photo: Fiji National University
January 18
11:00 2018

Atunaisa Rainima’s dream and passion to pursue en­trepreneurship and provide job opportunities to youths in the greater Tailevu area is set to be­come a reality thanks to the Fijian Government.

An AutoCAD student at the Fiji National University (FNU) Na­tional Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) was among the five entrepreneurs who had their appli­cations pre-approved for the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) launched by the Prime Minister, Mr Voreqe Bainimarama at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva last Thursday.

Rainima plans to start a lawn and landscaping business that will also convert garden refuse into cooking gas.

The 23-year-old, who is inspired by his maternal and paternal grandfa­thers, submitted a very convincing plan highlighting environmental friendly business setup.

“I came up with this idea from the processes used by my grandfathers. Both of them used to cut grass. They collected grass and produced biogas through a series of process­es, whenever there was a shortage of gas,” said Rainima.

“Cutting grass for people is the only source of income for my grandfathers and it is really excit­ing for me to witness how the elders make use of the available resources to go by their everyday lives. Now, it is upon us youths to make big from these small ideas.”

“Through this business, I hope to provide employment opportunities to the youths of my village. I be­lieve through this scheme, I will be able to improve the lives of the peo­ple back in my village,” Rainima added.

His project is divided in three stag­es. The first step is to cut the grass, followed by collection of grass and the final step is to produce biogas.

Rainima hopes to finish tertiary education and commence his busi­ness this year.

Mr Bainimarama said after the mentorship programme, the re­cipients will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $20,000 to pursue their business ideas.

“These young people have been selected by the YES judging panel after demonstrating that they not only have great business ideas, but that they have a game plan to turn those ideas into profitable business­es,” said the Prime Minister.

“We want our young people to do more than sit at the same desks in the same offices that we use today. Our youth should not only be job seekers, but they also need to be job creators that provide their fellow Fijians with new and exciting op­portunities.

“We want our young people to think outside the box, and make Fiji a hub of innovation for the Pa­cific, and the world. We want them to be leaders in business, civil soci­ety and government, putting their ideas at the forefront of Fiji’s devel­opment, with their entrepreneurial spirit carrying our nation into the future. That is what the YES initia­tive is all about. At the heart of this programme is a profound belief in the unique perspective brought by young Fijians and in their under­standing of what our marketplace needs, both now and in the years ahead. It is about giving life to the ideas of smart and ambitious young people and to shake up Fi­jian society with their dreams for what is possible,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Source: Fiji National University

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