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Group Leader Helps Ex-Members In Taxi Venture

“PYGMIES aim is to provide for the unfortunate youths so that we can see the change in our youths and help them stand on their own two feet to support themselves and their families,”
13 Oct 2021 13:43
Group Leader Helps Ex-Members In Taxi Venture
PYGMIES founder and president Josateki Labalaba.

A Lautoka youth leader has made it his duty to continue helping former members of his club earn honest income to provide for their families.

Josateki Labalaba, the founder and president of the Providing Young Generation Movement in Every Society (PYGMIES) youth club based in Natokowaqa, Lautoka, has been looking after youths of the club for close to six years.

Mr Labalaba said he assisted the former youth members, who were now above the age of 35, venture into being part of the Veilomani Taxi and Hire business.

 

Commitment

He said because their contribution to the club over the past six years helped build a close relationship between them and the Natokowaqa community, this was one way he acknowledged their hard work.

He said helping them to now be taxi drivers was also another way of keeping them far from criminal activities.

“PYGMIES aim is to provide for the unfortunate youths so that we can see the change in our youths and help them stand on their own two feet to support themselves and their families,” he said.

“We changed the taxi name from ‘PYGMIES’ to ‘Veilomani’ because it means to love one another and that is what I want to instill in them.”

Mr Labalaba is part of a seven-member group that looks after the taxi business.

“I am giving them this opportunity so that they can remember to do the same, help youths in the future and keep them away from mischief,” he said.

With 30 taxi drivers, the group is working towards securing a permanent taxi base.

There are 30 drivers.

nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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