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Leaders talk financial literacy

Timoci Vula
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

FELLOWS of the Leadership Fiji 2014 (LF14) program carried out their first community project in the form of a financial literacy fair at Serua Island last Saturday.

This community project is part of a number of small community projects that the group needed to do this year, thus the discussion and confirmation to have a financial literature session for the people on the island to coincide with the Serua Island soli day.

LF14 president Fautarau Nua Kunau said as a first project, the expectation was high and that there were other stakeholders involved to ensure the objectives were met.

As part of the project, Westpac, BSP and ANZ banks provided financial literacy information to assist villagers in making informed decisions when it came to savings.

Fiji National Provident Fund provided joint card services and responded to queries ranging from housing assistance to education.

The Elections Office registered a few people and renewed voter registration cards for some.

The team from Pacific Volleyball Partnership provided volleyball clinics to children on the island and raised awareness on child abuse, and the team from Reproductive and Family Health talked on family health and related issues.

Motibhai also had a team to market their product and services.

Villager Josaia Diani, 53, acknowledged the provision of those services, saving them money they would spend on frequent trips to the city.

Mr Diani said he had been after housing assistance from the FNPF for some time and information he obtained from the team last Saturday helped him know what to do next.

Another villager Miriama Rosau, 45, said the financial literacy session helped open her eyes on the subject.

"Before, we used to give our soli for our village projects but we didn't really know where those money were going.

"After this session, we now know what questions to ask, and also we know where to go when we need any of the services provided here today (last Saturday)," Ms Rosau said.

Mr Kunau said the expectation of the group was achieved to an extent that the people got to hear information first-hand.

"The LF14 team also saw what is out there, which is not part of our daily work routine, and understand the difficulties, etcetera, people faced," he said.

"To complete this project, a one-day session is earmarked at the earliest for the people of Serua Island to re-emphasise the importance of financial literature and for the team, there were lessons learnt to also improve on our way forward to our next community project being the painting of Raiwaqa basketball and volleyball courts."

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