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Depend On Yourself For Money, Not Your Husband

Depend On Yourself For Money, Not Your Husband
Juitajia Radave on January 31, 2018 with the electric appliances she bought from the 1000 dollars grant. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
February 02
11:00 2018

Housewives should get rid of the idea that they should always depend on their husbands for money.

These were the words of Kadavu woman, Juitajia Radave, who runs a pastry business from her home in Votualevu, Nadi.

She said that a woman could be married, yet still be independent, in a sense that she does not depend on her husband to do everything for her.

Her pastries are supplied to schools and various organisations daily where she manages to earn close to $300 a week.

Even though her husband has a well-paid job, Ms Radave prefers to earn her own income.

With the desire to uplift her business, the mother of five applied for the Government small and micro business grant in 2015, which she received. With the grant of $1000, she purchased a small fridge, egg beater, ice box and other pastry items for her business.

Ms Radave said she loved to spend her free time doing something constructive.

“I wake up every morning to bake before preparing my children and husband’s clothes for work. I also ventured into the business of making doormats,” she said.

Ms Radave often uses her hard earned money to help her husband at times with the family expenses.

“Sometimes women, especially married ones; we depend on our husband for financial help especially when they have a good well-paid job,” she said.

“In my case it’s different. I sweat for my own money and most of the times I don’t need to depend on his salary for the things I want.”

Ms Radave said if she was to be given another $1000 grant, it would be invested in the establishment of a canteen at her home.

Her advice to other housewives: “For wives that aren’t working, you can also earn money like those women that have white collar jobs.

“All it takes is using the resources around you and also seeking God’s wisdom to guide you”.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

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