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Rainima Pushes Forward Innovation

A young entrepreneur can now push forth his new-found business project with financial help under the Government’s Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES). Atunaisa Rainima has come up with a business invention
13 Dec 2018 11:13
Rainima Pushes Forward Innovation
Atunaisa Rainima

A young entrepreneur can now push forth his new-found business project with financial help under the Government’s Young Entrepreneur Scheme (YES).

Atunaisa Rainima has come up with a business invention that will use waste from his landscaping business as an input for biogas production.

From Cautata Village in Tailevu, Mr Rainima received a funding of $20,000 and has already begun implementing the second phase of his project.

“The waste from grass cutting and landscaping can be utilised as a resource to create a usable product,” the 23-year-old said.

“My grandfather used to do this at home, but on a smaller scale. So, with this model I can supply biogas at an affordable rate and people can use this instead of cutting trees for firewood.

“The second phase is about to begin where I will be setting up the biogas tank and the processing will begin.”

Mr Rainima studied at the Montfort Technical College. He later obtained a certificate in AutoCAD from the Fiji National University in Samabula, Suva.

“I currently employ my uncle and cousin in the business, but as I secure more contracts I hope to create job opportunities for the youths in my village,” he said.

As of December 2018, there have been over 480 applications for the Young Entrepreneur Scheme, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has confirmed.

Three more potential applicants have been identified for the next round of funding.

The ministry said a substantial number of applications did not meet the main criteria for the scheme, prompting the slow intake. The criteria is to have a unique and innovative business idea that can be transformed into commercially viable products and services.

The age qualifying criteria is between 18 and 40 years. Applicants do not need to have a tertiary certificate, degree or vocational certificate to apply for the funding.

According to the ministry, some areas that may be considered are proposals that solve current national problems like climate change, traffic, pollution and the non-utilisation of land.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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