$200 felt in town

Parents packed Deoji shop in Labasa Town for their back to school shopping. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Government’s $200 back to school assistance has definitely given businesses in Labasa Town a much-needed boost.

Not only was the increased spending felt by shops that sell school items, but supermarkets and other businesses reported an increase in spending.

Labasa Chamber of Commerce president Satish Kumar said since the $200 was released, business picked up.

“And it picked up to another level because the town was full, people travelled from Cakaudrove and Bua to do their school shopping in Labasa,” he said.

“This is very encouraging because business was slack after the festive celebration in which people did their Christmas shopping.

“But this week, it was so good to see business pick up again. The buses were full from the villages so everyone has benefitted from the assistance.”

Mr Kumar said Government made the best decision to support parents for their children’s education.

“Parents are blessed because through this assistance, they are able to send their children back to school on time and properly equipped with the stationery,” he said.

“Shoes and bags that many have not been able to buy because of the high price can now be bought and we thank the Government for helping out.”

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