SUNBIZ

Westpac and iTaukei Affairs Board Partnership helps Tailevu Villagers

Excitement filled the air when Silana vil­lagers saw the West­pac branded Everywhere Banking truck coming up the Silana Primary School driveway in Dawasamu, Tailevu. It was a big day for
19 Sep 2018 12:35
Westpac and iTaukei Affairs Board Partnership helps Tailevu Villagers
Westpac’s financial literacy “Business Basics” workshop participants. Photo: Westpac Banking Corporation

Excitement filled the air when Silana vil­lagers saw the West­pac branded Everywhere Banking truck coming up the Silana Primary School driveway in Dawasamu, Tailevu.

It was a big day for these villagers as they were look­ing forward to Westpac’s financial literacy “Business Basics” workshop.

Westpac’s Microfinance of­ficer, Maryangela and Eve­rywhere Banking officer, Mariana, the two facilita­tors for the workshop were greeted warmly and taken into one of the classrooms to commence the work.

Majority of the 37 partici­pants were already in busi­ness running canteens in the village, selling produce at the Suva Market, and farming.

There were also some par­ticipants who were current­ly employed and wanted to get into business.

Each participant received a copy of their own Business Basic Booklet which they can always refer to after the training, to revise and rein­force what they have learnt in their own time.

During the interactive four hour workshop, facili­tators divided participants into groups and got them to present on some of the exer­cises.

During the presentations laughter and confidence filled the room and there was also applaud from the participant for those that were presenting.

There was also healthy competition amongst the groups, to do a better pres­entation than the other.

The workshop concluded and the aim of the workshop was met with participants now having a better under­standing of how businesses operate, the importance of financial record keeping and how they can start to make more confident finan­cial decisions.

This learning will help them to make their business operation more effective and potentially more profit­able and sustainable.

General manager, Westpac Fiji, Brett Hooker said: “We are grateful to the iTaukei Affairs board for giving us the opportunity to conduct this workshop for Silana vil­lagers.

“Westpac understands the enormous strength of the rural communities and the unique challenges they face and that is why we are com­mitted to financial inclu­sion.”

Westpac and iTaukei Affairs Board MOU

Westpac has a Memoran­dum of Understanding with the iTaukei Affairs Board and are their preferred fa­cilitators for Financial Lit­eracy Training.

This is to help Fijian tradi­tional leaders, communities and micro entrepreneurs from the 14 provinces to help build sustainable and profitable futures.

Source: Westpac Banking Corporation

Feeback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

Fijisun E-edition
Advertise with fijisun
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: