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Business Booming For Former Fiji National University Lecturer

The 60-year-old from Vanuavatu, Taira in Lau, who now lives in Lautoka, has certainly put his talents to work which now earns him close to $1500 a week.
21 Sep 2019 12:51
Business Booming For Former Fiji National University Lecturer
Olita Kau Waradi with two of his colourful wall hangings. Photo: Charles Chambers

Business is certainly booming for the former Fiji National University lecturer Olita Kau Waradi.

The 60-year-old from Vanuavatu, Taira in Lau, who now lives in Lautoka, has certainly put his talents to work which now earns him close to $1500 a week.

With no help or assistance from anywhere except his family, Mr Waradi now carries out his business and keeps fit by walking everywhere selling his art.

Previous work

“I was a lecturer at FNU in Natabua for 13 years teaching art,” he said.

“I taught basic drawing, mixing colours and a host of other art lessons.

“When I retired two years ago, I decided not to let my talent go to waste so I bought some boards and started drawing it with designs that would make it good enough for wall hangings.”

Business

Mr Waradi said he started off slowly but soon saw that people really liked his artwork.

Whichever office he went into, most of the times he would sell most of his artwork.

“I do all my artwork at home and my family helps out.

“In the morning, I hit the town, whether in Nadi or Lautoka and walk from office to office.

“At the end of the week, it is rewarding when you look back at your sales for the week.

“I would like to grow my business more and perhaps have a talk with some Government officials to see how they could help me grow.”

Mr Waradi said he never thought his business would go well considering he was earning $600 a fortnight as a lecturer.

Contact

Anyone who wants a special design can call him on 9392048.

The designs wall hangings come in all sizes and prices vary depending on the drawings.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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