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‘Don’t leave land idle’ – Ram loves toiling farmland for a living

Ram Dayal, 72, has never regretted the decision he made about six decades ago to toil the land and make a living off it. This same land on Navula outside Natabua, Lautoka has provided for three generations who have earned themselves good education and have left for greener pastures abroad. Ram is a perfect example...

14th May

A ball of sunshine – Maina offers laughter to customers during these trying times

After being laid off work last month as a shop assistant, 27-year-old Parvesh Chand thought it was the end of the world until he was requested by his neighbour to assist her at her market stall in Naveiwakau, Valelevu. Being the cheerful spirited-person he was, Maina as he is commonly known stepped up eagerly to...

13th May

Students inspire Lal to fulfil dream

Praneeta Lal has always dreamt of becoming a lawyer. In 2016, when she joined the teaching profession, she was inspired by her students to continue her studies to fulfil that dream. Motivated by them, Ms Lal, 34, completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Bachelors in Law at the University of Fiji and on...

12th May

The stark reality

What used to be $70 income a day, water taxi operator Napolioni Raqitawa, 62, now struggles with budgeting $10 or $20 a day to feed three adults in his household. Since the COVID-19 restrictions slowed his business, Raqitawa of Nukutubu Village is faced with a daunting thought to either continue his business of 22 years...

11th May

Koroidua: I can’t keep still

As the saying goes, ‘hard work leads to success’ and this rings true for fisherman Maciu Koroidua, a 61-year-old grandfather of Narocake Village in Noco, Rewa who is still very much active with farming and fishing all on his own. Just last week he celebrated his 61st birthday with his wife and two grandchildren and...

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