Atunaisa Rainima, AutoCAD student at FNU’s National Training and Productivity Centre was among the five entrepreneurs who had their applications pre-approved for the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme known as YES which was launched last Thursday.
Rainima plans to start a lawn and landscaping services business that will also convert garden refuse into cooking gas.
The 23 year-old, who is inspired by his maternal and paternal grandfathers, submitted a plan highlighting environmental friendly business setup.
“I came up with this idea from the processes used by my grandfathers. Both of them used to cut grass. They collected grass and produced biogas through a series of processes, whenever there was a shortage of gas,” said Rainima.
“Cutting grass for people is the only source of income for my grandfathers and it is really exciting for me to witness how the elders make use of the available resources to go by their everyday lives. Now, it is upon us youths to make big from these small ideas.”
“Through this business, I hope to provide employment opportunities to the youths of my village. I believe through this scheme, I will be able to improve the lives of the people back in my village,” Rainima added.
Currently employed by the Ministry of Education, Rainima hopes to finish tertiary education and commence his business this year.
The recipients of YES have begun the program of mentorship through the YES initiative which will continue over the month.
After the mentorship program, the recipients will be eligible to receive grant funding of up to 20 thousand dollars to pursue their business ideas.