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Small Entrepreneurs In Nadi Get Their Share

More than 200 people in Nadi were pleased and thanked the Bainimarama-led Government yesterday for receiving their micro and small business grants. Among the group was Rajnesh Kumar, 29. “I
01 Aug 2015 10:00
Small Entrepreneurs In Nadi Get Their Share
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with recipients of the small business grants. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

More than 200 people in Nadi were pleased and thanked the Bainimarama-led Government yesterday for receiving their micro and small business grants.

Among the group was Rajnesh Kumar, 29.

“I am self-employed as a sweet peddler at the Nadi Bus Stand. I am the only breadwinner in a family of two,” he said.

“I have been in this business for the past three years and this grant will help me upgrade my cart and to diversify into many other things.”

Milika Galo, 51, of Moala, Nadi, has been a business woman running a small canteen in the village. She was diagnosed with diabetes since 2010, had both her legs amputated and is now confined to a wheelchair.

“I am planning to buy a freezer and sell cold stuff like ice block, juicy etc, but in the beginning I thought I would stop the business,” Ms Galo said.

“This Government has given me the opportunity to start over again.”

A former bank officer, Kautuu Marurue, 66, now a fulltime market vendor, aims to upgrade his current business at Namaka.

“I have lost my family and everything in my life as the entire house; vehicle was mortgaged since I was left drained out eight years ago, so this is part of the new beginning,” he said.

“I am trying to get back on my feet and to extend my business from where it is now. This is a big investment from the Government to empower the ordinary Fijian to achieve more in their daily business. The Government needs a pat on their back for the good work.”

Similar grants have been handed to other micro and small business entrepreneurs in other divisions in the past few weeks.

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