Father-Son Duo Uplifts Business Ventures with Grant

Meet Mr Ajnesh Kamal and his son, Mr Avishay Singh. This father-son duo has been excelling in their respective businesses.

Mr Ajnesh oversees operations at Ajnesh Marlin and Sunwhite Supplies, while Mr Avishay manages Shahil’s Party Ice and Frozen Supplies. Both are recipients of the Business Link Pacific (BLP) Business Support Grant, with Mr Ajnesh receiving $6,800 FJD and Mr Avishay receiving $8,700 FJD.

With the grant, they purchased a slicing machine, chip-making machine, and home biogas unit, inaugurated at their farm in Koronivia by Business Assistance Fiji (BAF) General Manager, Mr Ramesh Chand on Tuesday, 30 January 2024.

Mr Chand congratulated the duo for their business growth, resilience, innovation, and impact on the local business landscape.

“BLP/BAF is committed to fostering the growth of businesses like Ajnesh Marlin and Sunwhite Supplies and Shahil’s Party Ice and Frozen Supplies. In supporting and empowering MSMEs, we are not just investing in businesses, we are investing in communities, in the dreams of individuals and in the future prosperity of our nation,” he said.

Mr Chand said that when they empower small businesses, they create a ripple effect that extends far beyond financial transactions.

 “We create opportunities for employment, skill development, and community development.”

“As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let us recommit ourselves to fostering an environment where MSMEs can flourish, creating a legacy of economic empowerment and shared prosperity for generations to come,” Mr Chand said.

The father and son duo expressed their gratitude to BLP/BAF for the support.

“We would like to thank BLP and BAF for this grant. With the new machines, we can take our business to the next level,” said Mr Avishay.

He emphasized that MSMEs in Fiji play a crucial role in employment generation, economic diversification, rural development, cultural preservation, and supporting the tourism industry. Therefore, having organizations like BLP/BAF is crucial to MSMEs in Fiji.

With the new machinery, Mr Avishay can now manufacture graded cassava and sliced casava chips.


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