More busi­ness grant suc­cess re­ports

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - LUSI BANUVE Edited by Percy Kean

Na­tivi Vil­lage up in the hills of Ra is an hour's ride by car or two hours by bus from Raki­raki Town to Vasemaca Toga's home where she runs a fam­ily can­teen busi­ness.

With able sup­port from her hus­band they have sought other means to earn in­come af­ter re­tir­ing from the civil ser­vice.

“My hus­band was a for­mer teacher and so when he re­tired, we moved here to his vil­lage up in the moun­tains of Ra,” she said. Vasemaca moved to Na­tivi and with the sup­port of her hus­band, built and opened a can­teen in the vil­lage.

She is a re­cip­i­ent of the Min­istry of In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism's small and mi­cro busi­ness grant as­sis­tance given to suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants in 2015.

“I bought my stock and sup­ply from the grant of $1000 that was given to me by the Gov­ern­ment.” Vasemaca has not re­lied on the in­come from the can­teen alone.

“Af­ter I got the grant, I re­al­ized that I can do other things to oc­cupy my time and bring in ex­tra money too.”

Hav­ing other can­teens in the vil­lage has also pro­vided stiff com­pe­ti­tion for the soft spo­ken woman. “When it's cane cut­ting sea­son, the busi­ness is good be­cause peo­ple come in to cut cane, and there is con­stant flow of money.”

She has big plans to ex­pand her busi­ness and will try and cater for all dif­fer­ent age groups in the vil­lage.

“I want to ex­tend my shop and in­clude a pool table where the young peo­ple can come and play a game,” she said.

“I thank this Gov­ern­ment for giv­ing me the grant. It has in­deed been a huge boost to my busi­ness and my con­fi­dence in run­ning a busi­ness here in the vil­lage.”

“I have seen a big dif­fer­ence in my fam­ily. My chil­dren are well ed­u­cated and work­ing and one of my son's is go­ing to be ad­mit­ted as a lawyer soon in Suva.

“This busi­ness has re­ally helped my fam­ily.”

Photo: Min­istry of In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism

From left: Vasemaca Toga serv­ing a cus­tomer at her can­teen in Na­tivi, Ra.

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