Mala Plans To Use Govt Loan To Diversify Her Labasa Business

She bought cooking items to add BBQ sales to her DVD library, grog shop business.
26 Oct 2020 09:35
Mala Plans To Use Govt Loan To Diversify Her Labasa Business
Angeline Mala inside her DVD library in Labasa on October, 24, 2020. Photo: Ashmita Prasad

As a recipient of Government’s COVID-19 Concessional Financial support package for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME), businesswoman Angeline Mala is determined to make the most it.

Ms Mala, who has been running her Labasa business (a DVD library, grog shop and billiard pool gaming centre) for the past seven years, is aiming to diversify.

Previously, she said everything ran smoothly and she received positive feedbacks from her customers. However, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic her business was one of many that were affected.

However, with the loan she recently received, she plans to do things a little different.

“Starting something new, without any knowledge or support from your loved ones, is one of the most challenging things one would face,” she said.

“In this tough period, I kept myself motivated and decided not to close the door, no matter what happens. I have only closed the billiard pool games since gathering wasn’t allowed.

“I had started my business with the video library, grog shop and billiard pool game. Since most of the people are selling grog in Labasa, I thought to start with a barbeque stall, which would be more profitable.

“From the loan, I have bought electrical appliances like a fry pan and other essential stuff for the barbeque.”

She was grateful when she received a phone call about her approved loan application. She thanked Government for the help.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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