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466 Helped In Savusavu

466 Helped In Savusavu
Recipients of Government’s Micro and Small Business Grants Initiatives with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Savusavu. Photo: DEPTFO News
July 30
09:35 2015

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on recipients of Government’s Micro and Small Business Grants Initiatives to use well the $1000 help given to them.

He said this while handing assistance of $1000 each to 466 recipients on Tuesday at Savusavu.

Mr Bainimarama said the initiative was among his favourite programmes in helping improve lives of Fijians.

“It’s wonderful to see you all here in such numbers on what is a great day for Savusavu and a great day for the North. As we empower a great many ordinary Fijians to start new businesses or take their existing businesses toanother level,” Mr Bainimarama said in his speech.

“It’s one of my favourite Government programmes because I can immediately see in the faces of the Fijians we are assisting just how much this means to them. To receive a grant of $1000 which they can use to benefit themselves and their families. To enable them to purchase new equipment or material to either start a business or improve their businesses and strengthen their own financial base.

“It isn’t a cheque made out to you that you can use to buy a new television set or beer.

“I am handing each of you a certificate that you will then take to the officers of the Fiji Development Bank. They will then give you a cheque from the FDB made out to the supplier of whatever equipment or materials you have requested in your application. You then take that cheque to the supplier and pick up the goods you have applied for.”

One of the recipients, Jovesa Dregai, 45, said he would use the money to improve his dalo and yaqona farm.

“I have been struggling to improve my yield and this money would help me buy more equipment to achieve my target,” he said.

Nabalebale Village housewife, Kalara Likucokocoko, 39, would use the grant to improve her handicraft business.

“I am happy that my application was approved. My targets are tourists visiting Savusavu because I want them to buy quality locally made handicrafts,” she said.

The Naweni Youth Group would use their $1000 to extend their yaqona plantation.

“This money will be used to buy more farming equipment,” Group advisor Petero Ratuyaro said.

He said members were delighted with this support from Government.

Eremasi Lobuka, 29, is a fisherman from Naweni, Savusavu. He will use his share to buy diving gear.

Mr Bainimarama, meanwhile called on recipients to be honest and uphold the trust Government had placed in them through the initiative.

He said another 1200 recipients would be helped soon which would include Kioa and Rabi islanders.



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