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SPBD Aims To Empower Women

With the theme ‘Broadening Market Horizons for Women Entrepreneurs,’ South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) yesterday organised a market day before their final awards last night. Their aim was to empower
20 Feb 2018 11:02
SPBD Aims To Empower Women
49-year-old Milika Baikeirewa of Navatuvula Centre in Sawani, Naitasiri at the South Pacific Business Development market day yesterday. It was held at the FMF gym carpark, Laucala Bay, Suva. Photo: Joseva Veibataki.

With the theme ‘Broadening Market Horizons for Women Entrepreneurs,’ South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) yesterday organised a market day before their final awards last night.

Their aim was to empower and promote women to strengthen the economic capabilities of rural and remote communities in small micro level businesses.

Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) member operating from the United Nation office in Suva, Elizabeth Larson commended the efforts shown by the business owners and operators present despite the challenges they faced. 

“Being a business owner and operator is not easy and you guys have worked hard to get where you are,” she said.

Ms Larson further gave words of inspiration and encouragement towards the entrepreneurs by highlighting how Women’s economic empowerment is vital for the community and country.

“When women participate in the economy, everyone benefits. Through the support of SPBD, all of you are working toward building your businesses but are also doing amazing things towards developing your own family, your communities and your country.

“For those of you that are moms, your kids are watching everything that you do. They are seeing your efforts, your demanding work with your business and your dedication to your group.

“You are sending them a message and it won’t be lost on them. You are modeling entrepreneurship and management. They are watching you being awesome and they are inspired by it,” she said.

The SPBD awards night was held last night at the Fiji Sports Council Gymnasium at Laucala Bay.

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