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Vakadranu Is Second Time Lucky To Get Grant

“I was really happy when I received my boat that I slept in the boat when it first arrived,” said NDP grant recipient Neori Vakadranu Qeleni Villager Neori Vakadranu’s persistence
18 Feb 2018 11:01
Vakadranu Is Second Time Lucky To Get Grant
Neori Vakadranu. Photo: Wati Talebula

“I was really happy when I received my boat that I slept in the boat when it first arrived,” said NDP grant recipient Neori Vakadranu

Qeleni Villager Neori Vakadranu’s persistence in applying a second time for a Northern Development Pro­gramme grant paid off when he finally was given the nod last year.

The 56-year-old Taveuni islander was provided the $7665.22 from the grant and loaned a matching amount from a bank to purchase the mainstay of his fisherman’s business.

“I applied twice but received the grant the second time. Through the grant I now own my first boat and engine,” Mr Vakadranu said.

“I was really happy when I re­ceived my boat that I slept in the boat when it first arrived.”

The father of four now plans to ex­pand his business.

“I put my net out at night and in the morning I check the catch. Through my business I am paying off my loan,” Mr Vakadranu said.

He said he diversified his business utilising the fibre-glass craft to get extra revenue.

“Tourists hire me to take them to their hotels in Yacata and other ho­tels nearby,” he said.

“Every month I have to pay $250 to the bank for the loan.

“I plan to also have a water taxi business.”

He urges people from the North to utilise the grants provided through the programme.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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