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Success Stories Of A Simple But Brilliant Idea

It may not seem much to some but the $1000 grants dished out to those in small business make a significant difference in the lives of our people in our
11 Dec 2015 10:28
Success Stories Of A Simple But Brilliant Idea

It may not seem much to some but the $1000 grants dished out to those in small business make a significant difference in the lives of our people in our communities. These are grants not handouts. With these grants comes responsibility, accountability and transparency. The grants are meant to give the recipients the opportunity to help them take that leap to progress.

When Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday read out some of names of people who had benefitted from this programme he was talking about real people, ordinary people like: Vika Radininoco, a market vendor in Pacific Harbour. She was able to buy materials for the construction of her roadside stall opposite the Police Post at Pacific Harbour. She currently earns $200 per week from selling fruits and vegetables – a 100 per cent increase from her previous weekly sales.

 Marica Nailele of Lepanoni Village. She was able to buy a new sewing machine for her tailoring business. Her current weekly income has increased from $100 to $200 per week from orders she receives from her local community.

 Mina Kumari, who currently operates the school canteen at Vashist Muni Primary School, Navua. She used her grant to buy canteen stock. As a result of the grant, she increased her sales from $1000 to $1100 per week and now employs two additional staff.

 Satend Kumar of Tokotoko Back Road, Nadi. She used his grant to purchase chicken feed and an A-grade layering system. His business has expanded and he has sold seven chickens so far at $20 each. The income he earned has assisted him in meeting family expenses.

 Vilitati Canavanua of Nawala Farm in Navua. He  was able to buy five calves to be raised and be sold from $800 to $900 each during village functions. With this additional income, he will begin expanding his livestock farming business.

This grant helps people to get away from the culture of dependency and teaches them the principle of self-reliant. This is an important principle because it builds self-confidence and character.

The size of the business does not really matter. What matters the most is how it grows. Indications are that many small businesses given a new lease of life by the grant have grown.

Government estimates that five family members benefit from one grant.

That means of the 1098 grants awarded yesterday in Nausori more than 5000 family members benefitted.

As more and more people get on board the scheme, self-reliance will also  grow. That can only be good for the nation.

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