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Niu Recalls School Shopping Days

Samiosoni Niu fondly recalls memories of back-to-school shopping with his children. Mr Niu, 51, who lives at Newtown, Nasinu, has been a shoeshine for the last 39 years. “I am
15 Jan 2015 07:30
Niu Recalls School Shopping Days
Samisoni Niu

Samiosoni Niu fondly recalls memories of back-to-school shopping with his children.

Mr Niu, 51, who lives at Newtown, Nasinu, has been a shoeshine for the last 39 years.

“I am the oldest shoeshine boy in Suva,” Mr Niu said.

He is a widower and has two children. They are now grown-ups.

“I use to shine shoes from 8am to 5pm just to send my children to school so that they had a better education,” he said.

‘I shine shoes for $2 and used to earn $30 a day for my children’s school stuff.”

He said as a father, he struggled a lot when it came to shop for his children.

“When it came to school shopping, my children used to make school shopping list and the budget they prepared was small so that it does not exceed the amount I earned every day,

“I worked hard in order place food on the table for my family and to buy their school supplies.”

He said he was recalling his own experiences after seeing parents doing school shopping in Suva.

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