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Two Beggars Get Jobs

Two beggars rescued from the streets were given jobs as vendors at the Suva Market yesterday. This was after the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation unveiled a new
30 Jan 2015 11:59
Two Beggars Get Jobs

Two beggars rescued from the streets were given jobs as vendors at the Suva Market yesterday.

This was after the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation unveiled a new income-generating project to assist women who were found begging on the streets of Suva.

Jasma Wati, 52, of Wailea Settlement in Vatuwaqa said she was thankful to the ministry for allowing her to sell vegetables.

“I’m illiterate and I don’t have a family or anyone who can look after me and I have been begging for the past two years,” Ms Wati said.

She said she used to work as a housegirl but after suffering from asthma she could not do much work and preferred to beg on the streets of Suva.

She used to earn at least $10 each day.

“Today (yesterday) I have promised myself that I will not go back to the streets and work hard and earn a decent living.”

Premila Devi, 54, of Wailea Settlement in Vatuwaqa said she was grateful to the ministry.

“I have a handicapped son that I have to look after; he is 19 years old and attends Hilton Special School,” Ms Devi said.

Meanwhile, line minister Rosy Akbar was their first customer to buy vegetables.

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