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Total loan: $1,500


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Sauniveiuto, , Fiji / Retail

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A loan helped to buy the initial stock to begin a canteen and partner with the Department of Social Welfare to help the elderly.

Asi's story

Village canteens have made life convenient, ensuring that daily essentials are easily accessible. The services provided have also become inclusive as Fiji gears itself to be in step with the world in the move to have cashless societies.

However, many overlook the fact that these canteens benefit the senior citizens, who are not as physically active to get food from the gardens, the seas or rivers. These members of society are usually alone at home, as members of the household attend to day-to-day routines such as work and attending school.

Asi hopes to start a canteen of her own that will include groceries, fuels, e-services (M-paisa e-wallet) and also enter a partnership with the Social Welfare Department, which caters for senior citizens with their Poverty Benefit Scheme. She hopes to gain approval and recognition as an agent to supply the allocated groceries that are listed in their cash food vouchers.

A loan will enable Asi to not only provide an essential service, but will also make her a trendsetter in setting up a business that is inclusive and mindful of the older generation who have sacrificed much to ensure we live in a safer and comfortable world.