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Mini Fuel Project A Success

The Makolei Youth Club Mini Fuel Project is now a success story. The youth club of Makolei Village in Solevu, Bua, were assisted by Government to set up their bowser
25 Mar 2015 12:05
Mini Fuel Project A Success
Makolei Youth group members at the bowser in Solevu, Bua.

The Makolei Youth Club Mini Fuel Project is now a success story.

The youth club of Makolei Village in Solevu, Bua, were assisted by Government to set up their bowser in late 2013.

It has 20 members that includes two females.

They are currently selling fuel to vehicle owners, villages, communities and schools along the Nabouwalu to Kubulau highway.

They have also acquired licence to possess and sell petroleum. The bowser has been in operation for a year and five months and they have made a profit of more than $60,000.

Youth group leader Kusitino Naita thanked the Government for their support because their business has grown from strength to strength.

“We were able to begin this project through the youth grant programme of close to $3000 but that was before we had discussions and sought advice from the Ministry of Youth and Sports,” he said.

“After the discussions we were able to decide to carry on with this project and followed all the traditional protocols that lead us acquire the piece of land we are using as for our bowser.

“There are three phases to this project. Phase one we have accomplished a lot in this bowser business. We will use this piece of land from phase one to three.

“Phase two is the construction of a concrete building where we have acquired some timber, blocks and have been given some roofing iron from government.”

The profit from their business in a week ranges from $200 to $300 cash.

Phase three is profits received from the project will diversified to farming projects.

“Our target is for each member to plant 600 yaqona plants where after three years we hope to rake in $18,000 individually. The reason for this that an individual builds a house worth $20,000 to $25,000 from this money.”

The youth group has opened a trust account with Bank South Pacific and has a net income of more than $4000.

The group also runs a canteen in the village where the village gave $9000 to help set it up. Two female youth members operate the canteen, who earn more than $100 a week as income.

The youth group was also assisted with basic farming tools like digging forks and canes knives to assist them in their dalo (‘Tausala’ – a variety of dalo recommended for export) farm for overseas markets.

They have plans to build a mini market to complement their current business.

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