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For my children: 4am start, Lisi tells how weaving helped her family

For my children: 4am start, Lisi tells how weaving helped her family
Lisi Malologa at the Western Craft Exhibition at Koroivulu Park in Nadi on November 30, 2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
December 01
11:00 2017

 

Lisi Malologa, like many women in the handicraft business, has proven that weaving and making use of the natural resources can economically save your family.

The 64-year-old managed to put her children in school by earning a modest living out of weaving and making virgin coconut oil.

“My two older children are working and the youngest is still in high school. My husband wasn’t working so I had the responsibility to provide for my family,” said the woman who came from Savusavu for the Western Craft Exhibition at Koroivulu Park.

She managed to sell her products by taking advantage of the tourism market in Savusavu when her family moved there some years ago.

“I usually earn around $200 in a week which is enough for us but sometimes when business isn’t running well my children are the ones that suffer,” Ms Malologa said.

The sacrifices she made were for her children to get a bright future, she said.

“If it wasn’t for my children, forget it, I won’t be doing this,” she said.

She married in 1978 but her husband had passed away in 2013.

Ms Malologa has been in the business for more than 17 years.  But at first she started selling virgin oil and bathing soap.

“I wake up every morning at around 4am, prepare my family for another day before I start my business and finishes around 5pm,” she added.

iTaukei Trust Fund chief executive officer Isoa Kaloumaira said women should make use of their God-given talents.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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