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Govt Helps 216

Fiji will soon expect a boom in small business operation as more Fijians benefit from Government’s small and micro-business grants. Last Friday there was excitement at Lautoka City as the
01 Nov 2015 10:30
Govt Helps 216
Timoci Naisamu holds his micro business grant card at the Lautoka sugarcity mall yesterday.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

Fiji will soon expect a boom in small business operation as more Fijians benefit from Government’s small and micro-business grants.

Last Friday there was excitement at Lautoka City as the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama handed-over grants to 216 recipients.

Timoci Naisamu of Waiyavi was among them. He is a fuel retailer at his village in the Yasawa group.

He said the $1000 grant would allow him to supply more fuel in the islands.

“I plan to expand his business as a premix fuel seller with this $1000 grant,” the 32-year-old said with a big smile while holding his grant card firmly to his chest.

“My small business is based in my village in Yasawa and I have been running it for five years.

“It’s a fuel supplying business for outboard motors in the islands. The boats are commonly used for fishing and our way of travel and the greatest demand is fuel.

“The grant would help me a lot because fuel is expensive. I plan to buy two drums of fuel which would be about $800 and there are freight costs to take them to the village and from my expenses, I will work out my selling price.

“I thankful this Government for helping ordinary people like me to make a living for ourselves. This grant will help grow my business, increase my income and in the end my family will benefit. I also plan to continue expanding my business,” he said.

Home-based tailor Annie Smith, 61, of Tomuka, Lautoka – another recipient – also plans to see her business grow.

“I do sewing for children, women and the normal everyday wear,” Ms Smith, who has been sewing since she was 18, said.

“It started out as a hobby,  but it stopped because I had to work. Now that I have stopped working, I am totally involved in my tailoring business.”

She operates from her Tomuka home.

“It’s much easier for me because I can do my household work and sew, especially since I look after my two grandchildren,” she said.

“I have a sewing machine and other little things, but this grant will be for my overlock machine which would make my sewing so much easier, faster and neater so that’s what I’m after and I hope to get it from Courts.”

She said she never dreamed she would be receiving the grant.

“I am so grateful because I have worked all my life and I’ve been sewing for just about three-quarters of my life and I never thought I would own an overlock machine, but through this grant that will be possible,” Ms Smith said.

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