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PM presents first of $2.2m grants

The Prime Minister yesterday presented a grant of $1000 to 228 families in Bua. Prime Minister Bainimarama with the people of Bua. Photo: DEPTFO. PM Bainimarama highlighted that this was the first out of the $2.2m allocated  to 4448 families under the Micro and Small Business Grant Scheme in the 2016 Budget. PM Bainimarama said the overwhelming […]

Peni Shute

January 12, 2016 9:17 am

The Prime Minister yesterday presented a grant of $1000 to 228 families in Bua.

The Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon J.V. Bainimarama with the people of Bua. Photo: Facebook.

Prime Minister Bainimarama with the people of Bua. Photo: DEPTFO.

PM Bainimarama highlighted that this was the first out of the $2.2m allocated  to 4448 families under the Micro and Small Business Grant Scheme in the 2016 Budget.

PM Bainimarama said the overwhelming response to the grant last year brought an increase to $2.2m for this year.

“I was confident that our micro and small entrepreneurs were worthy of this scheme, but this program’s popularity and success has gone beyond what we anticipated,”said the Prime Minister.

The government will continue to support the spirit of entrepreneurship in Fiji and foster an environment that allows small and micro businesses to develop.

PM Bainimarama highlighted a number of success stories:

  • Mr Iokimi Nayau from Vunidavo Village in Namosi was provided grant assistance for his canteen business. His income has increased from $800 to $1000 a month.
  • Mr Deo Chand of Navua was provided grant assistance for his poultry farm, which included chicken feed and building materials. He has completed the construction of his poultry shed and fenced it. He currently has 50 chickens and will earn $1,000 from the sale of his chickens after 7 weeks.
  •  Ilinieta Teresia of Namuana Village, Namosi was provided grant assistance for her tailoring business. The grant has boosted her existing business, raising her sales revenue from $300 to $800 per month.
  • Mere Naceva of Navua was provided grant assistance for her Market Vending Business. Her income has increased from $350 to 500 per week.
  • Ramesh Chand of Navua was provided grant assistance for his poultry business. The grant has enabled him to expand his business and improve standard of living—and give jobs to two other villagers.

The Prime Minister also mentioned of a number of people that received the grant yesterday:

  • Mr. Mohammed Hassad will use his grant to purchase his galaxy crab net for his crab business.
  • Mrs. Salote Savuli of Tavulomo will use her grant to purchase fishing implements for her fishing business.
  • Mr. Sila Watisoni of Nasavu Village will use his grant to start up his diesel business.
  • Mr. Rohit Prasad will use the funds to purchase barbed wire and material for fencing of his goat farm.
  • Mrs Susana Tagi will purchase material to upgrade her fish pond.

The Prime Minister concluded the launching by challenging the recipients to make use of this opportunity to do even better.

My goal is to ignite the Fijian economy by empowering micro and small businesses—by getting behind the people.

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