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19-Year Old Opens New Business

A19-year old tertiary student yesterday launched her own business, a recycling company for plastic bottles. Earth Wishers Recyclers, at Nav­akai, Nadi, will process used plas­tic bottles, aluminium cans, card­board boxes, plastics trump, and metals.
15 Apr 2022 14:08
19-Year Old Opens New Business
Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya, with 19-year old Shinam Kumar, during the launch of her business, Earth Wisher Recyclers, at Navakai, Nadi, on April 14, 2022

A19-year old tertiary student yesterday launched her own business, a recycling company for plastic bottles.

Earth Wishers Recyclers, at Nav­akai, Nadi, will process used plas­tic bottles, aluminium cans, card­board boxes, plastics trump, and metals.

The waste is received from re­sorts, before it is sorted and pro­cessed.

A recycling plant is expected to process the materials, which will be exported to New Zealand.

Funding

Shinam Kumar is a second-year university student who invested $20,000 in her business.

Ms Kumar was fortunate to have received a $20,000 Valentine’s gift from her father, Sanbhir Kumar.

Her father is a businessman, also in the recycling industry.

She teamed up with business part­ners, such as nearby hotels, schools and the wider business community to source raw materials.

Minister for Com­merce, Trade, Tourism and Trans­port, Faiyaz Koya, officiated at the launch.

He said it was refreshing and en­couraging to see youth particular­ly, young Fijian women like Ms Ku­mar, enter the business world with grit and determination.

He said the Earth Wishers Recy­clers is an absolute need in this day and era.

“Proper waste management can help reduce pollution levels,” Mr Koya said.

“The tourism sector is also roped in by this newly-registered busi­ness, which is exactly the type of synergy for our innovative MS­MEs.

“This is a great start and heading in the right direction.”



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