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Young entrepreneur gets help to kick start business

A teenager was among the many young aspiring entrepreneurs who had applied for the Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES). The YES programme comes under the guidance of the Ministry for Industry, Trade
28 Mar 2018 10:23
Young entrepreneur gets help to kick start business
Leveni Sorovakatini receives his certificate from Director Economy Sekove Tamanitoakula at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka. Photo: Selita Donu

teenager was among the many young aspiring entrepreneurs who had applied for the Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES). The YES programme comes under the guidance of the Ministry for Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Vodafone World of Difference and volunteers of Nadroga District Council of Social Services (NDCOSS) assisted Leveni Sorovakatini, 17, from Nukuilau, Navosa, to be part of the Start Your Business Workshop at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka last week.

During the workshop the best project was awarded to Mr Sorovakatini, who had graduated with a Certificate in General Agriculture from the Nasau Youth Training Centre in Nadroga last November. Mr Sorovakatini has been in the village without a job and capital to start up, according to NDCOSS project officer, Selita Donu.

“Our business plan was based on the idea of promoting organic farming (no chemicals) in Navosa to eradicate the cultivation of marijuana, and to achieve world SDGs of no poverty, no hunger, renewable energy and life on land.

“The initiative was to assist Leveni Sorovakatini. We were able to do this with the help of the group members who all contributed tremendously to the success of the business plan,” she said.

Vodafone ATH Foundation executive Ambalika Devi Prakash said: “Our aspiration under Farming is to do holistic farming free of chemicals, keeping in mind ridge to reef and conservation of sea resources. Our team has been around Navosa for a month now sharing project successes and stories from one community to another.”

Nadroga District Council of Social Services executive Sitiveni Kunaika said: “We need to strengthen organic farming. While trying to promote healthy food consumption yet we are also walking blind using chemicals in farming which has negative results on our health. There are many graduates out there who need little seed to kick start. The 20K grant with greatly benefit this young entrepreneur.”

Fiji Council of Social Services executive director Neil Maharaj said: “Our Vodafone Youth Programme continues to address unemployment and other youth related issues under FCOSS National Volunteer Centre and Vodafone World of Difference.

“Now the challenge is on the young entrepreneur, Mr Sorovakini to realise his dream this business plan has the potential to increase revenue sustainably to $60K.”

Sorovakatini’s application has been lodged and awaits processing.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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