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Keeping the family tradition alive

Written By : ELLEN STOLZ. Shanal Kumar, 12, helped his father, Uday Kumar, run their barber shop in Nadi Town yesterday. He is learning the rope because one day he
31 Dec 2009 12:00

image Written By : ELLEN STOLZ. Shanal Kumar, 12, helped his father, Uday Kumar, run their barber shop in Nadi Town yesterday.
He is learning the rope because one day he will take over the business.
Mr Kumar has four barbers; three male and a lady.
Mr Kumar, 46, said his business had been successful despite the global financial crisis.
“This business is good because we earn money daily. It is not a physical job but a lot of skills are required,” he added.
For nine years Mr Kumar was operating his business from a building beside the Nadi Club.
“We had some problems with the landlord so we moved across the road because we did not want to move far away from our old location because of our customers.”
He said he learned how to cut hair from his father and says that when he was a young boy, people used to have their hair cut at his home.
He said his business helped support his family and sent two of his daughters to school.
One is studying in New Zealand and another is at the University of the South Pacific.
“Money is hard to get nowadays but with this business, I can support my family and see them succeed,” said Mr Kumar.
The father of three stated that one day he plans to pass on the family business to his son, Shanal Kumar.
“My wife and son help me in running the shop and like my father, I too shall teach my son how to cut hair and he will take over the family business on day,” he added.




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