Youths receive $2500 boost

YOUTHS of Vatubalavu in the interior of Navosa received a boost to their fuel business after a $2500 gift by the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation.

A team from the foundation was in the Western Division last week handing out grants to youths and women’s clubs to start their projects.

Matawalu Youth Club project manager Ratu Joe Lagi said the distance from Sigatoka Town to Vatubalavu Village was quite long and they appreciated the assistance.

“It is a three-hour drive to Sigatoka Town and this business will help some 80 households from our village,” he said.

“Our club is doing farming to help the families, so children can go to school and families can remain healthy. We don’t have much flat land to carry out farming but good hills for raising livestock.”

The club consists of 15 members and will be monitored to ensure sustainability of the project.

They were visited by the Nadroga District Council of Social Services along with a team from Project Everest and were provided tips on how they could increase their yield. The council’s head of projects, Selita Donu, said experts from Project Everest were also due in the country to conduct workshops for farmers in the Navosa highlands.

“Team Everest experts from Australia will be conducting a workshop where they will demonstrate a farm design in order to achieve good productivity in their supply and also maintain consistency,” she said.

“The team is visiting hotels and other markets out there to become main buyers of their farm produce,” she said.

Other clubs that received cheques include Vonokula Youth, Kabokira Youth, Henibua Youth and Saweta Youth in the province of Nadroga/Navosa.

The amount distributed for assistance was $12,500.

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