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Doveta Realises Potential

Doveta Realises Potential
Standing front: Khem Swagat with his family and staff at the opening Swagat restaurant at Flagstaff Plaza on November 19, 2018. Photo: Maraia Vula
September 24
07:54 2014

Becoming self-sufficient through hard work and determination are the biggest lessons learned by Losalini Doveta of Ba Hart Home.

The 51-year-old single mother who once relied on social welfare assistance now runs a small business of her own to support her two sons’ tertiary education.

This has been made possible for Ms Doveta through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation’s Welfare graduation programme.

“In 2013, I went through a one-week training called the ‘competency-based economies through the formation of entrepreneurs’ (CEFE) and I was also given start-up capital to start a tailoring business,” she said.

“The life of a single mother is very challenging and I’m grateful to the ministry for helping me on this new pathway to earn money for my family.”

She said when her husband died she had no one to help her but was assisted by the social welfare department for the last five years.

“I used to receive $50 per month but now through my tailoring business I’m able to earn almost $60 in a week.

In all the 14 years at the Hart home, Ms Doveta said she then realised and begun to use her talents to tap her potential.

“Sewing has always been my passion and through the assistance I have worked on my skills to earn money for my family.”

She said she sewed household items like cushion covers, pot holders, table cloth, mattresses, pillow cases, mosquito nets and aprons.

“I sell these products to my neighbours and also at the Ba Mission Hospital and the Fiji National University campus.”

Ms Doveta said the items were sold at prices ranging from $3 to $60 and with good sales she was making $300 a month.

“Just recently I paid my son’s fees, amounting to $500, because I want my children to be well educated so that they can be independent in their lives.”

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