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USP Alumni scoops Women in Business Award

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Sukhia Go with the award for the Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) Alumni, Sukhia Tuimaleali'ifano Go, has won the Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Women in Business (WIB) Awards 2015 which was held on March 7th at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

Ms. Go has completed her degree in Management and Economics at USP and will be graduating with a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management at the March 27 2015 Graduation Ceremony.

In an interview Ms. Go said, “It is very important to have a degree nowadays as the labor market is very competitive and it definitely helped me leverage myself in the professional space.”

She further added that she has had a long relationship with USP as her mother used to be a staff while her father still holds a position at the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education.

Ms. Go’s business, The Gift Hut, specialises in hand block printed fabrics using a traditional printing method.

“We pride ourselves on that because in addition to promoting small businesses, the Gift Hut also promotes Pacific culture. All our printing molds are hand carved blocks and the motifs are all Pacific prints”, she added.

The Gift Hut currently supplies garments to MH’s, Tappoo and Jean – Michele Cousteau in Savusavu. They are also based at boutiques in Papua New Guinea and in Tokyo, Japan.

Sukhia Go receiving her award from the President of WIB, Ms. Nur Bano Ali and Westpac General Manager Adrian Hughes. Photo Credit: Fiji Sun and Westpac Women in Business

When asked to share some words of advice for current USP students, Ms. Go said, “Don’t be afraid and become paralysed by fear. If you know where you want to be, where you currently are and if you have what you need to get to your destination, then do it”.

“If you are afraid of the unknowns, then reach out to those who have already accomplished it and seek help through mentoring and networking. Always try and surround yourself with the experts in the field”, she added.

The Director of Development, Marketing, Communication and Alumni, Mr. Jaindra Karan  who was at the WIB Awards Night congratulated Sukhia  for this success.

 “It was a proud moment not only for Sukhia and her family but also for the University because here is a USP Alumni who took a bold step and tried out her entrepreneurial  skills and within a very short time became successful. She is a good role model for other Alumni and students   to expose their skills,” Mr. Karan said.

The University is emphasising a lot on entrepreneurship in its academic programmes and Mrs. Go’s recent recognition is a shining example of having confidence in one’s entrepreneurial skills. 

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