17th May

A dad’s perseverance – For the sake of his girls

Ram Surat considers educating his daughters his life’s greatest achievement. The 59-year-old father-of-two, whose whole life has revolved around growing and selling vegetables, gauges his successes by how well he has been able to ensure...

16th May

A waste picker’s day – Lewabeka not giving up yet

Her frail condition does not prevent her from doing the work she loves. Asinate Lewabeka is a waste picker. For the past two decades, Ms Lewabeka has been one of those strong women who comb the Vunato Dumpsite in Lautoka daily to collect recyclable waste to sell. The resilience shown by this Ra woman, who...

13th May

Never give up – When the going gets tough

“Do not give up when the going gets tough.” That is the motto that drives Nemaia Salavou Kubunameca, who’s become all too familiar with tragedy. Kubunameca was running a small shop and a yaqona farm in his village of Nukutocia on Ovalau in Lomaiviti Province when disaster struck. “Cyclone Winston destroyed everything including my house,...