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Ciri Stays Strong for Children, Graduates From Solo Mom Project

During the 17-week skills training, Ms Ciri majored in cooking and plans to start a food stall through the start-up business assistance that they will receive.
25 Aug 2019 13:22
Ciri Stays Strong for Children, Graduates From Solo Mom Project
Loata Ciri with seven-year-old son Korotini Bogi. Photo: Neelam Prasad

When Loata Ciri was abandoned by her husband, she was pregnant, already a mother to two children and unemployed.

But now the single mum is paving her own way to success.

The 32-year-old was among the 19 single mothers who graduated from the Solo Moms Project on Thursday during an official ceremony at the Wesley City Mission Church in Suva.

Her children are aged between seven and 15 months old.

Ms Ciri is originally from Nadrau, Navosa, but currently lives with her children in Wailea Settlement, Vatuwaqa, Suva.

During the 17-week skills training, Ms Ciri majored in cooking and plans to start a food stall through the start-up business assistance that they will receive.

“I am so grateful to International Needs Fiji for giving me this opportunity,” Ms Ciri said.

She currently runs a small canteen in her settlement selling basic food items like tuna, biscuits and noodles and the family survives on that income.

“When my husband left me, I was pregnant with my last child and I was sent back to my family,” Ms Ciri said.

“I knew that I had to be strong for my kids, so I moved to Wailea and started my canteen to support my children.

“My husband remarried and after I started this training programme, he wanted to come back, but it is too late now.”

Life has been tough on Ms Ciri whose father died when she was only five-years-old and her own childhood was spent with a single-parent family.

“It makes me sad that my children are also in that situation, but now I can give them a good life,” she said.

“I will start a business and I will make sure that things improve for them.

“As mothers, we cannot give up, we have to be strong for our kids”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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