Business

Single mother takes leap of faith in business

By RANOBA BAOA The Pacific Market Day at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus is creating oppotunities. Just ask Unaisi Adiwaituirua who lives on-campus but has set up
30 Sep 2012 09:21

By RANOBA BAOA

The Pacific Market Day at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus is creating oppotunities. Just ask Unaisi Adiwaituirua who lives on-campus but has set up stall for her business.
A struggling single mother, Ms Adiwaituirua, 25, has a unique kind of business concept. She sells assorted items, some she created herself, while others she has bought and commissioned from various handcrafters.
From handmade jewellery to the more complicated woven baskets and mats, Adiwaituirua believes her business has grown.
But three months ago, Adiwaituirua did not plan to run a business. Now three months later, she said she had made satisfactory profit from buying and selling her products.
“I did not plan on this buying and selling concept. I had absolutely no clue in business but this was  all just done with instinct.
“Being a single mother, times are hard. My son is only six years old and that is the motivating factor to my business interest,” she said.
“I stopped at form six because I gave birth to my baby but before this, there was always something pushing me forward to get out of my way and do something.
“You might call it a little bit unconventional but I buy a range of things from various people.
“From jewellery, ornaments  and selling my ‘living garden’ creation, to paintings from friends and clients there’s a lot of people here (Market Day) who have bought and shown interest to my products.
When asked what ‘living garden’ was, she said: “It’s a type of planting mechanism where you get a variety of plants especially those used in flower arrangements, just plant them in oasis.
“In fact I did not know what to expect of this experiment a few years back, but when I saw the plants taking root, I started with a few more.
The secret is keeping the oasis moist and managing the plant itself as if you were growing it in soil.
“Next year, if things turn out well for me, I am hoping to start tertiary and we will see how it goes from there.
Ms Adiwaituirua shares three very powerful and profound words to potential business people: “Go for it,” she said. The market day is organised  by USP Campus Life to   showcase the ‘Pacific family’ concept. It falls on the last Thursday of every month.




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