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A School Dropout Realises Dream To Be A Businessman

A School Dropout Realises Dream To Be A Businessman
Kamlesh Prasad Maharaj standing beside his taxi at the Suva bus stand on May 23, 2018. Photo: Shirika Shalini
May 26
11:00 2018

Kamlesh Prasad Maharaj left school as a teenager because of financial difficulties.

His parents could not afford his school fees and bus fares and other education costs. He has six siblings that the par­ents also provided for. His father was struggling so Mr Maharaj offered to help him in the farm to send his six sisters to school.

Mr Maharaj turned to the rice field which had been a source of livelihood for the family. He worked hard and helped his dad feed the family and build a savings pool from the rice earnings.

The family was able to save enough money to buy a house and a taxi.

This week the 57-year-old of Naduru Rd, Nausori, looked back with pride and satisfaction. As a student he dreamed that one day he would be a businessman. Today, he has realised that dream.

He is a proud owner of four taxis, three rental flats and a house he lives in with his son and mother.

“I remembered I had to sacrifice my studies because I am the only son in the family,” Mr Maharaj said.

He said after the death of his father in 1998 he struggled a lot.

At one time, at the age of 16, he worked at a biscuit factory as the machine op­erator in packaging.

He said there was nothing impossible to do in life as long as you had a goal to achieve.

He has been driving taxis for more than 30 years now.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki


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