Close to 2,000 people were at Lawaqa Park today to witness Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya hand over Micro and Small Business Grants to 1,214 residents of Sigatoka.
One of the happy 1,214 recipients of the MSBG programme was 34-year-old Tamani Leweni who was thankful to the Government for the boost of his small yaqona business.
Leweni said that many yaqona traders were selling low grade kava to the public and he was looking at setting the standard of Kava quality in Sigatoka.
30-year-old Arunesh Chand was also grateful to the Fijian Government as the grant will help him grow his poultry business and hopes one day he will be able to produce at a large scale and even provide employment to other Fijians.
Koya said Government’s vision was to ignite entrepreneurial spirit in Fijians and was moved when they received a total number of 3,871 applications from Sigatoka and nearby areas.
Koya said that through the MSBG programme, 22,145 micro and small entrepreneurs have been assisted, impacting the lives of 110,725 Fijians, with Government’s investment of $21.4 million.
Koya also announced that the Fijian Government will continue to implement this program under the 2018/2019 financial year with a budget of $6.4 million.