Fish 2.0 Workshop Inspires Valevou
Selling freshwater clams from the day she got married Titiana Valevou, 59, was inspired with the Fish 2.0 workshop.
“I am the only one in the workshop that sells ‘kai’ (freshwater mussel) for a living and the other participants are more from the small fish businesses,” Ms Valevou said.
“To be part of this workshop has been really great; we get to interact with each other from different parts of the Pacific countries and learn new ideas on how to be sustainable.”
The Muana native from Toga Village in Rewa was part of the Fish 2.0 business development and application workshop at the Novotel Nadi.
“I have never been employed in any job but when I got married to a man who was unemployed I had to find ways to cater for the two of us.
“So since we lived near the river I decided to make use of what God has provided me with; even my family was surprised to hear that I was swimming for freshwater clam for a living,” Ms Valevou said.
Despite her age Ms Valevou has considered her work as her life.
“Don’t get me wrong I am dedicated to my God and family but swimming for ‘kai’ has become my habit that when I leave it I feel weak.
“It has become a part of my life and with the motive of making things more sustainable I hope that this will continue for years to come,” she said.
Every morning Ms Valevou makes her way down to the river and binds five bamboo sticks to make her bilibili (canoe) .
“I have never been sick from doing this even at my age walking with 10-30 kilograms of ‘kai’ from the river is quiet normal to me.
“In a week I can earn close to $200 or more from selling ‘kai’ but I can never go swimming if the river is dirty. I prefer to go when it is clean,” she said.
The workshop ended on Wednesday.