OVERWHELMED with emotion after winning the inaugural Best Microfinance Entrepreneur Award yesterday, Asenaca Qalilawa has vowed to share her passion for business with her friends and relatives in Gau.
The beaming grandmother said since establishing her business in 2010 in Toga, Rewa, where she currently resides, she has managed to turn what was once a hobby into a thriving micro enterprise.
"It all started when an organisation called South Pacific Business Development visited my village three years ago," she shared.
"They held a workshop, gave us basic financial training and gave us $1000 as starting capital.
"I used the money to grow my flower selling and weaving business and now also have a small bakery, tailoring enterprise and kava business as well."
Ms Qalilawa said 24 women took up the challenge of developing micro enterprises in Toga and all had fared quite successfully.
National Financial Inclusion Taskforce Robin Yarrow said it was important to acknowledge the efforts of micro enterprises.
"We believe that greater recognition needs to be given to those special individuals and micro enterprises that play such a critical role in alleviating poverty, providing employment and income to many needy families, particularly those living below the poverty line," Mr Yarrow said.
The National Microfinance Awards is an initiative of the taskforce and sponsored by the Pacific Financial Inclusion program of the UNDP, the Life Insurance Corporation of India and the RBF.