Women-owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Fiji will benefit from an Anti-corruption Toolkit which has been launched today by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project.
The Toolkit was developed after consultations with local businesswomen on how to safeguard their businesses and not fall prey to corruption risks.
Chair of the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council Eseta Nadakuitavuki says that women entrepreneurs not only play a crucial role in the community but also contribute positively to the national economy.
Nadakuitavuki says they are delighted to be collaborating with the UN-PRAC to enable women to detect and prevent toxic conditions like corruption.
She says women will benefit from this anti-corruption tool as some of them did not even know that corruption exists until they attended the workshop and sharing and working with other women business owners, they will identify about corruption through this toolkit.
A small business owner Rigieta Nakoivalu says she was affected by corruption when she was buying the raw ‘voivoi’ to make mats.
She was supposed to get a hundred leaves but it was short.
Nakoivalu says she was affected financially but she did not know where to report.
She adds that this toolkit taught her to note down everything while purchasing and to fight against corruption.
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