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Colourful displays wow shoppers at microfinance expo in Suva

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, February 10, 2013

THE first Westpac Microfinance Expo for this year was a hit at the Downtown Boulevard, Suva yesterday.

Many from around the capital took time out to shop with family and friends at the expo, which was held in partnership with the Fiji National Provident Fund.

Westpac Bank Microfinance manager Jyoti Maharaj said about 60 micro entrepreneurs took part in the expo selling accessories, clothes, food, books and household items.

She said the main reason for the expo was to help micro entrepreneurs showcase their wares, sell them and network among themselves and their clients.

"The expo would economically empower the entrepreneurs and they would contribute more to the development of the country," Ms Maharaj said.

"Westpac also has financial literacy programs which assist microfinance entrepreneurs better understand their finances and make informed decisions.

"This expo also assists them to learn about budgeting and saving for unexpected emergencies and retirement."

She said yesterday's event was not the first for the bank, which hoped to do another expo soon.


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