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Small Grants Annual Event, Promises PM

Grants  under the Government’s Micro and Small Business Grants Initiative will become an annual event, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He revealed this yesterday at Wairiki, Taveuni, saying  more Fijians
30 Jul 2015 12:57
Small Grants Annual Event, Promises PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama hands over a grant of $1000 to one of the recipients at Wairiki, Taveuni, yesterday. Photo: Peni Drauna

Grants  under the Government’s Micro and Small Business Grants Initiative will become an annual event, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

He revealed this yesterday at Wairiki, Taveuni, saying  more Fijians were in line to benefit.

“We intend to make this an annual event with an allocation in the annual budget. So, we intend to empower a lot more small and micro business people in the months and years to come,” Mr Bainimarama said.

Mr Bainimarama handed over grants of $1000 each to 411 direct recipients at Wairiki yesterday.

In Savusavu on Tuesday, where 466 people received their grant, Mr Bainimarama said the rounds of grants were just the beginning.

“We are recognising you for the initiative you have already shown to pursue a career in business. And we are lighting a fire with these grants that we hope will spread. That you will inspire many others – and especially our young people – to also start businesses.”

Father of four, 25-year-old Komal Devi, said the money would help his family buy more farming equipment.

“I have four children and the money will help me improve my farm in buying farming equipment to have good productivity,” Mr Devi said.

Aporosa Rakai, 60, from Vuna said the money would help him buy more pigs for his piggery.

“I started the piggery in 2013 and with this money, I will buy more piglets,” Mr Rakai said.

Matei farmer, Ravnil Ram, 23 said, “I am very happy because it will be used in buying manure and weedicide for my dalo farm and yaqona plantation.”

Navakawau housewife, Lanieta Lewanavanua, 35, said she would use the money to expand her canteen (small shop) in the village.

“This is the fourth year of running my canteen business and I will use the money there,” she said.

Ravin Chand, 48, of Nadogai said the money would be used to buy farming equipment.

Vuna housewife, 31-year-old Maria Pateresia thanked the PM and his Government for giving the $1000 grant. She has a 10-acre farm planted with dalo and yaqona.

This grant, she said, would help increase her yield.

Mr Bainimarama told the recipients that the Fiji Development Bank would help them process their grants.

“They will then give you a cheque from the FDB made out to the supplier of whatever equipment or materials you asked for in your application. You then take that cheque to the supplier and pick up the goods,” he said.

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