NGO imparts business skills in rural Fiji

2011-12-05T00:00:00Z

Pacific Counselling &amp; Social Services a non-governmental organisation last week held a two-day business skills and training workshop for eighteen clients in Labasa in Northern Fiji under their Income Generation Program (IGP) designed to enhance their lifestyle and family wellbeing by setting up small-scale businesses or upgrading their potential skills to join the local workforce.<!--more-->The NGO’s coordinator Sanjeet Singh said the training will help locals set up and run small businesses involving sewing, handicraft, copra drying, market vending, selling food parcels, peanut selling, fish business and canteens.

This is the NGO’s fourth programme in Fiji. Seed funds of between $200-500, depending on the nature of the business participants choose to start, are handed to them.

Three participants who were given assistance to set up business from previous training programmes have been given their second loans “as they had proved to be working well and were really successful in the businesses they started,” Singh said.

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<address>Photo Caption / Participants of the two-day business skills and training workshop in Labasa last week pose for a group photo with the NGO's staff.</address>

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