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New Stove Boosts Paraplegic’s Sweet-selling Business

New Stove Boosts Paraplegic’s Sweet-selling Business
From left, Rajnesh Nair with his guardian Pushpa Kanta and their sweets at Nadi main street on January 31, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
February 02
11:00 2018

Born a paraplegic, Rajnesh Nair has had to fend for himself when caring for his own wellbeing.

The Korovuto, Nadi resident was a recipient of the Small and Micro Business Grant from Government in 2015.

With the $1000 grant, he bought a cooking stove and other food items to help with his business; which is his only source of income.

While only having a pair of old metallic crutches to help him move around, the 27-year-old said he was grateful for government’s assistance, which has helped him grow his business.

The sweets-seller told the Fiji Sun how his stove had improved his work.

“With my stove, I can now cook my sweets and take my time selling and come home whenever I want so I can pace myself and not depend on someone else’s product to make my living,” Mr Nair said.

He sits at the corner of Vanuavonu Street in Nadi most evenings till late into the night selling his specially cooked sweets.

Abandoned at birth, by his parents, because of his condition. He was then taken in by a family in his area.

In a week, Mr Nair can earn about $150.

“I am safe at this corner because the shopkeepers are friendly; they always help me when I need something,” he said.

“We are unique and each individual has his/her own talent. It depends on how we utilise them.”

His guardian, 55-year-old, Pushpa Kanta said Mr Nair had been under her care since infancy.

“He is a hardworking person , whether it’s bad or good weather, he will come out here to sell Indian sweets and even at times he always help me with the groceries,” she said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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