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Sashi has worked in the community development sector for almost two decades.

In this talk, she shares her own experience of how she followed her dream to create an organisation that would help others follow to follow theirs. She challenges us all to think, whats the worst that could happen if I follow my dream?

Sashi Kiran conceptualised and established a non-government organisation known as FRIEND in 2001 and set a dream in motion to see a Fiji that is socially and economically healthy.

FRIEND works directly with communities to help them recognise their strengths then provides skills, training and resources to help them step out of poverty and receive a regular and sustainable income.

FRIEND has a business arm known as TaTadra Pacifica that ensures grassroots products find genuine markets. The profit of this work ensures FRIEND is sustainable into the future.

Sashi has also served on various National and International boards including the Boards of the CIVICUS-World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Asia Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education as well as the advisory Council of University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Sashi Kiran
Established a non-government organisation known as FRIEND in 2001
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