Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Melesisi Finefeuiaki and Justin Kaitapu were nominated by TCCI to attend this training.
The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) through its Grow Pacific Project to build entrepreneurship in the Pacific will be hosting this two day training workshop at Nadi from the 24th to 25th November.
PCF has clearly stated that this will be more than just training as they will support the businesses after to make sure they are reaching their goals.
Four years ago, Grow Pacific participant Melesisi Finefeuiaki saw a business opportunity using the large amount of excess root crops grown at her brothers’ farms in Tonga. Her plan was to export frozen root crops not being used locally, to buyers in the Pacific. Lotopoha Export Trading was born and Melesisi started exporting cassava to a New Zealand buyer.
Throughout the years, she started exporting yams and taro as well to NZ on a monthly basis. This year, she is trialing the export of frozen root crops to Australia.
“The first year was so hard, it cost me everything I had to get the business up and running,” Melesisi says.
“I had no guidance from anyone …. I just learnt from doing it.” Melesisi has just launched her website www.lotopohaexport.to and is attending the two-day Grow Pacific training to learn how to utilise her website and social media to create customer awareness about Lotopoha Export Trading, and to grow the business.