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Vodafone ATH Continues Support For Income Generation And Entrepreneurial Projects

Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation has invested more than $10 million towards community projects around the country. While handing out grants of $2,500 to the youth farmers of Nasaqa village in
14 Dec 2017 10:22
Vodafone ATH Continues Support For Income Generation And Entrepreneurial Projects
Vodafone ATH Foundation Executive Ambalika Prakash while handing out grant to the President of Nasaqa youth club Casiga Ligaqaqa at Nasaqa village. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation has invested more than $10 million towards community projects around the country.

While handing out grants of $2,500 to the youth farmers of Nasaqa village in the interior of Cakaudrove, Foundation Executive Ambalika Prakash said the foundation have support over 300 youth and women’s club.

“Our minimum grant has seen many village projects flourishing,” Ms Prakash said.

“The good thing about our income generation and entrepreneurial projects is that the funds raised from here can be used to address other social issues such as scholarship for youths, hygiene and sanitation and health issues.

“Our greatest challenge was that we were helping those in remote, some of which did not have bank account and inactive due to insufficient funds.

“We will continue to support the remote communities as our aspiration for leaving no one behind especially projects pertaining to issues bedevilling Fijian communities.

“We had to cross through river and walk on foot to reach these villages,” she added.

Youth group experience

President of Nasaqa youth club Casiga Ligaqaqa said the club aspire to do bee farming using the funds from the foundation.

“Intention of the club is to produce 20 litres of honey per box, four existing boxes and six will be purchased using the funds, clubs aim to generate $150 per box which would mean $1500 per month,” Mr Ligaqaqa said.

“We have also registered with the Ministry of Youth for financial literacy training.

“We have 11 youths trained in bee keeping and 30 community members take part in bottling, selling and general logistics of the project.”

Mr Ligaqaqa acknowledges the assistance being provided by the foundation.

“We the people of Nasaqa are indeed thankful to the support from the ATH Fiji Foundation as this helps us realise our dream of supporting our own village,” he said.

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