Over 200 families have been blessed through an initiative that aims to boost local economic development, build resilience and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable households in Samoa. The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (MWCSD) in collaboration with the EWACC Project through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) supported the procurement of resources to nearly 200 families from Upolu and Savaii to start and operate small business developments.
Prior to the release of resources, the families participated in formal financial literacy and business management trainings conducted by the Samoa Business Hub (SBH). The trainings aimed to enhance their knowledge, skills and ability to manage and operate their business developments with a focus on sustainability.
In a ceremony held at the Maota o Tooa Salamasina earlier this week, the last batch of resources were officially handed over to the recipients of the Support by the Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, Hon Leota Laki Lamositele Sio. The Minister encouraged the families to make the most of the support, and work diligently to sustain their business developments.
The business initiatives support was launched in 2017 through a co-partnership between the two Ministries, and has to date, assisted over 1500+ individuals. The Support has enabled vulnerable families to generate income and improve their standard of living, build their resilience to the socio-economic challenges encountered and withstand the adverse impacts of climate change, says the Ministry in a press release.
The small business initiatives vary from commercialized agriculture and farming, to fishing, handicrafts and canteen stalls.