The interview with Nakita discusses her green business ideas and also delves into the obstacles new women entrepreneurs have to overcome. She says, “The regulatory system sucks, is prohibitive and is discouraging for starting a business for any given normal person! Fiji is ranked 101 out of 190 in terms of ease of doing business. It’s easier to do business in Samoa and Tonga. I face a lot of sexism and ageism too. People assume I am a lot younger than I am and make sexist judgments based off my appearance.” Read the full interview.
The Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) launched a number of new organic products in the market from organically certified farms in Ra and Seaqaqa.
The products include superfoods like moringa powder, neem and pawpaw leaf powder, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves. They also released an organic breadfruit flour.
The new products also include three new organic teas: lemon leaf, lemon grass & ginger and moringa tea.
All these products are certified under the Organic Pacifika mark Participatory Guarantee System.
Rokola, a Fiji company involved in a number of start-up projects with sustainability at their core, is in the process of setting up Electric powered vehicles manufacturing in Fiji. The Directors of Rokola feel that with Climate Change and pollution being a major topic when it comes to manufacturing products or operating a business, the introduction of Electric and Solar Powered Transport is a priority to help reverse the damage being caused to our atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. For this reason Rokola will be manufacturing a number of electric vehicles for the local market including cars, bikes, delivery vehicles and off-road all terrain vehicles for work or weekend fun. Read more.
The Pacific Green Business Centre
The Private Sector and SDGs
The Pacific Green Business Centre aims to provide support to the Pacific Private Sector in designing and implementing strategies to make their businesses more sustainable while remaining profitable. It also aims to promote industries that support the Green/Blue Economy such as Sustainable Tourism, Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Forestry and Fisheries.
SDG 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The Private Sector needs to ensure it eliminates any dumping of waste or release of chemicals that could pollute fresh water sources. There is a need to also take steps to make efficient use of water and eliminate water wastage. Businesses involved with the sale of hardware need to provide affordable and good quality alternatives for materials used in improving water and sanitation infrastructure. The Private Sector could also consider devoting some of their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to improving water ecosystems and the water and sanitation conditions of local communities.