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74-Year-Old To Start Mini Market

  A 74-year-old watchman, a Nadera food caterer, a flower vendor and shoe repairer have big plans to start or expand their businesses after receiving $1000 grant each from Government
16 Jun 2016 09:31
74-Year-Old To Start Mini Market
Akuila Moce of Colo-i-suva during the disbursment of grants at the Nasinu Grounds yesterady.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

A 74-year-old watchman, a Nadera food caterer, a flower vendor and shoe repairer have big plans to start or expand their businesses after receiving $1000 grant each from Government yesterday.

All expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the initiative to allow them to improve revenue earnings for their families.

Akuila Moce of Colo-i-Suva will start a mini market from the $1000 he received from the Micro and Small Business Grants Scheme at Valevu, Nasinu yesterday.

Mr Moce is a watchman at the Colo-i-Suva quarry.

He told the Fiji Sun yesterday that this small business would help his family.

Mr Moce said people might say that he was too old to start a mini market, but he said he was just starting it and the family would help him run it.

To start off his mini market at Colo-i-Suva, he would buy food crops and vegetables.

He said the mini market would target people travelling on the Sawani road.

“It’s a new business and I have to make a lot of sacrifice to make it successful,” he said.

He thanked Mr Bainimarama and his Government for the initiative.

Ms Virisila Vosalotaki runs a small catering business at Nadera.

She said the grant would really help her improve her catering service.

Ms Vosalotaki said she had her own clients which included business houses.

Her long term plan is to run her own restaurant.

She said she had been waiting for a year to get this help.

Nina Tuimouta, 47, sells flowers at the Suva market.

She said the money would help her buy more flowers to sell.

The mother of one said selling flowers was a very good business and with Government’s help she hoped to increase her sales.

On a good business Saturday she could get close to $400 gross as most of her flowers were sold for church decoration, she said.

She said her flowers were also sold for decorations for offices, weddings and funerals.

Ms Tuimouta uses the flower money for her child’s education and for the family.

Shaneel Chand, 45, has a shoe repair shop in Suva.

The grant, he said, would be used to buy more material for his business.

He has many clients and he was grateful to receive the money as it would boost his service.

He gets about $150 a week and said this was enough for his family.

The recipients said Mr Bainimarama was a leader for the people.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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