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From Selling Jibi To Wheelbarrow Business

Police identified these street boys and through the club, they conducted a rehabilitation programme to find better means of survival for them.
01 Nov 2021 08:53
From Selling Jibi To Wheelbarrow Business
Ratu Asaeli Driu (3rd from right) with his Nadina Support Group, The Nadi Community Policing and the Wheelbarrow boys in front at Nadi Town. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A few young men in Nadi, who were once involved in illegal jibi, (business of selling loose cigarette rolls) now have a new and legitimate wheelbarrow business operating at Nadi Town Market.

This was through support and collaboration from the Nadina Support Club.

This support club was formed by the Nadi Community Policing which had the involvement of community leaders and some business stakeholders.

Led by the Momo na Tui Nawaka, Ratu Asaeli Driu, the club focuses on helping youths who had come out of correctional facilities and some who had roamed the Nadi streets and involved themselves in illegal businesses to help support them- selves and their families.

Police identified these street boys and through the club, they conducted a rehabilitation programme to find better means of survival for them.

Last Friday, the KKS Hardware Nadi, donated five wheelbarrows to these young men, to help them start their business.

Ratu Asaeli said they engaged closely with these young men and business stakeholders to provide better jobs for them.
“Most of them are roaming around the streets selling jibi. It was through community policing that these young boys were identified,” Ratu Asaeli said.

“We conducted a one-to-one engagement with them and some consultation was done at some of the villages here in Nadi.

“With the collaboration of stakeholders of employers, we arrange jobs for them and also monitor their progress in that particular work field.”

 

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