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 A Successful Person Is Always Staying A Student, Koya Tells 133 Graduates

He joined US American Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel, in paying tribute to the group of 133 women as they graduated with a certificate of participation.
13 Jan 2022 16:00
 A Successful Person Is Always Staying A Student, Koya Tells 133 Graduates
The class of 2021... Some of the graduates of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs with key note speakers and business leaders, at the virtual graduation on January 12, 2022.

A group of budding entrepreneurs were celebrated yesterday for their efforts in overcoming challenges in their stride to graduate from the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).

“Show the world that Fijian women have it in them to survive the toughest challenges,” Minister for Commerce and Trade Faiyaz Koya said at the virtual celebration.

He joined US American Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel, in paying tribute to the group of 133 women as they graduated with a certificate of participation.

 

Maxim of success

In a virtual presentation hosted by the US Embassy, Mr Koya said the maxim of a successful person was always staying a student.

He applauded the women for their determination in making headway at a time when the world battled a global pandemic.

“Your accomplishment makes you ambassadors of thousands of other women at home,” Mr Koya said.

The programme, launched in 2020, promotes sustainable economic development and women’s economic participation.

 

Invest in themselves

Mr Greubel said the women – from Viti Levu and Vanua Levu – did not let the challenges of the pandemic stop them from pursuing their dreams.

“They sought this opportunity with the academy to sharpen their skills and make an investment in themselves,” he said.

Graduates will yield dividends for their businesses, families, and communities for years to come, he said.

Other key figures present at the graduation include Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation chief executive officer, Kameli Batiweti and federation president, Vinay Narsey, Women Enterpreneurs and Business Council chairperson, Eseta Nadakuitavuki, Fiji Muslim League president, Hafizud Dean Khan, and academy facilitator, Shazna Khan.

 

Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre

Online training in the absence of connectivity disruption was a challenge, Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre said.

However, the challenges worked out for the best as participants were better equipped now to put into practise the lessons they learnt, the centre said.

 

How it works

The embassy said it partnered with the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) and Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre in 2020, to launch AWE in Fiji with 92 participants.

In 2021, the embassy signed a grant with WEBC and Makoi for US$23,000 (FJ$46,000) to expand the AWE programme to include over 130 women on the mainland and Vanua Levu.

From June to December, WEBC and Makoi facilitators, who are also local business experts, led 14 workshops with the participants on the fundamentals of business development.

 

Transfer know-how

The programme  provided participants with the opportunity to transfer the skills learnt to their own businesses.

AWE is a US Government-funded programme that provides women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks needed to start and grow successful businesses.

AWE participants represent diverse backgrounds and levels of business expertise.

They include new and seasoned women entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-65.

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