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Soleya Assists Small Businesses To Become Financially Literate

Soleya Pte Ltd has been working hand in hand with small businesses to achieve success with their strategic and mar­keting plans in achieving their goals.
25 Apr 2023 19:00
Soleya Assists Small Businesses To Become Financially Literate
On April 2, 2022, Soleya Fiji organised (and self-funded) a Financial Literary Awareness Session for 20 young mothers from Lami Village, at the Greenhouse Coworking Space

Soleya Pte Ltd has been working hand in hand with small businesses to achieve success with their strategic and mar­keting plans in achieving their goals.

With over 30 years of project management experience operating throughout Europe, North Asia, Southeast Asia and the South Pa­cific, including nine years in Fiji, Soleya es­tablished in 2021, has assisted SMEs to grow with better financial knowledge.

Soleya Fiji managing director, Noellie Ga­rand has aimed to share her business experi­ence with entrepreneurs who aspired to shift their business to the next level in the Fiji con­text.

She said her mission was to encourage all business stakeholders to make sure they had a triple bottom line.

“It is ok to make money but along the way, you make a meaningful difference in people’s lives while respecting the environment,” she said.

She said it was her job to give back to the community by helping micro entrepreneurs learn about money making tactics.

“Every year, I spend $10-15,000 to help with business training and coaching for micro entrepreneurs, for market vendors, for rural women, and I am interested in shifting small businesses from the informal sector to the formal sector,” Ms Garand said.

She also said financial literacy was very im­portant because all companies must be viable at any given time.

“Businesses need to understand how much money they make and how much money you spend. A business cannot be viable if we do not have financial knowledge,” she said.

“I have met a lot of talented people in Fiji, but they do not know how to go about it. My job is to see that these businesses learn how to register their sole trader ship, how they can get their tin number, how to do book keeping and costings.”

The Soleya Way

Part of Soleya’s profit is given back to the community through pro bono business sup­port services.

On April 2, 2022, Ms Garand and her team had organised a Financial Literacy Aware­ness Session at Green House Co working for a group of 20 young women from Lami village.

“The session was successful as I accompa­nied these women in their business journey,” she said.

In 2022, Soleya has also bought two sew­ing machines and one laptop for promising young entrepreneurs, and helped a young farmer (Naitasiri Province) develop his land for ginger exports.

Soleya is currently helping 15 market ven­dors in Nadi shift to the formal sector and ex­pand, through business training sessions and one-on-one mentoring.

Soleya offers various business services to SMEs and larger companies

-Project management and administration with proven coordination and cross-cultural skills

-Business strategy

-Business planning

-Procurement

-Event planning

-Training coordination

-Human resources

-Financial management

 

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Story By: shreeya.verma@fijisun.com.fj



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