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The Plant Lady Of Savusavu

Leba Verewale is known as the plant lady of Savusavu Town and has been a part of the Nawi family since April 2022.
25 Sep 2022 16:14
The Plant Lady Of Savusavu
Leba Verewale is known as the plant lady of Savusavu Town.

Leba Verewale is known as the plant lady of Savusavu Town and has been a part of the Nawi family since April 2022.

She hails from Vanua Balavu in the Lau Group, but for the past 17 years, she has raised a beautiful family in Savusavu and made a name for herself in the hidden paradise. And in typical savusavu style, she would say, “Weilei this is my home, and Nawi is now my beautiful playground.”

Ms Verewale spent 7 years with the Ministry of Agriculture as a Vanilla Specialist, when Vanil­la was first making its mark in Fiji. She spent a few years under the wings of Mere Samisoni, a renowned businesswoman in Suva. She then fol­lowed her love for plants and spent three years at Spices of Fiji where she continued her self-taught journey and experience before moving to Savusavu.

 

Her love for plants has taken her to the herbal world and back and over a decade ago even be­came the Head of Landscaping at Koro Sun Re­sort in Savusavu.

“I take my knowledge, add this to the little de­tails and it makes a lot of difference, because we go above and beyond what is expected of us.”

And with an experience like hers, it’s no won­der she was the right choice to manage Nawi Is­lands impressive beautification and restoration plans, in and around the island. Nawi is commit­ted to nurturing local talent and recognized Ms Verewale potential the minute she first started talking to the plants. And with Phase 1 near­ing completion it was the right time for Leba to work her magic.

 

“My dream is to show our Fijian culture through nature’s beauty,” Ms Verewale said. And she is doing just as she promised, as she has spent the past few months filling the island nursery with an array of Palms, Crotons, Tea leaves, Spider lilies, Mondo grass, Gingers, Heli­conia, Hibiscus, Frangipani, Sago palm, Cycads, Orchids and other plants that are suit-able for the tropical sunshine and gentle Seabreeze that bless Nawi Island.

As an entrepreneur, Ms Verewale knows all too well the struggles the people of Savusavu have endured during the COVID period, and Nawi has given her the opportunity to help and employ lo­cals from in and around Naidi Village.

At full capacity she engages more than 30 lo­cals. And she prides herself on the hidden jew­els she has found in her talented staff.

 

“We are self-taught Florist’s, Landscapers, Herbal product producers and hard work is in our blood”, she said.

Currently Project 1 involves her growing and planting 6960 plants on Korovesa Island, then there are 10,400 more plants earmarked for the Marina revetment, followed by the planting of edges for 30+ home lots.

But despite the massive beautification plans ahead, Nawi is confident that her and her band of green fingered enthusiasts will get the job done.

Nawi Islands Investor Advisor, Ron Valen­ta, has admirably been at the fore-front of this unique development and would talk to anyone until daylight, on how his team of local men and women are shaping the dream, that is, Nawi Is­land.

“90% of our Nawi team are made up of super skilled locals and it’s been the best choice we’ve made as an Investment,” said Valenta.

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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