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Vendors learn to save

Serafina Silaitoga
Saturday, December 01, 2012

NEW Year's Eve might be a month away but the 60 women who have small businesses at the Labasa Market yesterday made resolutions to help improve income.

After the two-week United Nations Development Program funded course of learning how to run successful business, daily presentation, saving and making profit, a major lesson most participants have learnt is to stop credit selling and increase savings.

Laisiana Dikanavou has been a vendor for 36 years but the issue of daily savings remained a blurry picture until she attended the two-week course.

"I sell root crops, vegetables and fruits every day and have saved money but not that much.

"I would save money but every time a function happens and I have to give soli, then my savings amount drops so the two weeks has taught me to be strict.

"Allowing credit buying to my customers is another area I need to be strong in so I can save money and make good profit," Dikanavou said.

The group's president Ana Biu said the course was to help women improve skills of running a business.

"The first week covered the importance of presentation in which women were reminded of their dress code every day and to always look good," Mrs Biu said.


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