People

People: Lawyer up for top awards

Lautoka human rights lawyer Sabrina Khan-Sharma has been nominated by the United Kingdom’s Lead5050 judging panel for two awards — 2021 Mentor of the Year and 2021 Champion of the Year. The renowned human rights...

27th October

People: A horse shelter

When one thinks of horses their immediate perception of them may be as farm animals and as a mode of transport for farmers and rural dwellers. In Vakabalea, about a five-minute drive from Navua, there is a refuge for them. The Horse Sanctuary was started by Morika Hunter and her daughter Nylla. “She started the...

26th October

People: A mother making ends meet

Rising above the stigma is what Shital Shiwani Sharma has done over the years to achieve success. The 25-year-old currently runs a kava stall at the Laqere market. Originally from Labasa, Mrs Sharma said the biggest challenge she faced after starting her business was the stereotypical view held by some in society of a woman...

25th October

Changing the stigma – Jone the yaqona and dalo farmer from Kadavu

Jone Ratusivo has a plan. The Nasegai villager in Ravitaki wants to change the perception that Kadavu is a place where the illicit drug marijuana is grown. And he wants to do that by producing yaqona and dalo on a commercial scale. However, he has to wait until inter-island travel from Viti Levu to the...

23rd October

Making ends meet – Joana keeps up with loan payments selling cupcakes

During the national border lockdown amid the second wave of COVID-19 that devastated the Fijian economy, the Sawani border became the new hub for market business. A location that connected farmers from the highlands and buyers from the urban dwelling within the Central Division. Over the weeks a new market was established on the roadside...

22nd October

Raj the carpenter

Experience is the greatest teacher — that’s a sentiment shared by veteran carpenter Deo Raj . He may seem an ordinary old man in his ’80s trend trousers and plain white shirt, but Mr Raj carries with him a lot of skills and years of knowledge as a carpenter in the construction industry. An industry...

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