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From Humble Beginnings To Business Entrepreneurs

Karna Raju (Snr) and his brother Deo are excellent examples of the often-used yet meaningful phrase: ‘Hard work pays off’. The brothers, who started from humble beginnings, are now the
09 Jul 2015 08:57
From Humble Beginnings To Business Entrepreneurs
The complex in Malolo Nadi. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Karna Raju (Snr) and his brother Deo are excellent examples of the often-used yet meaningful phrase: ‘Hard work pays off’.

The brothers, who started from humble beginnings, are now the owners of a development company, Sylvia Park Limited, based in Nadi, registered in 2011.

And the fruit of that determination has been shown in the opening of their commercial complex in Malolo just before Nadi Town.

Mr Raju (Snr) said: “We grew up in a poor family and we never thought we could achieve this.

“But through our hard work and doing our best we managed to do so.”

Mr Raju’s (Snr) son, Karna (Jnr) is manager of the complex while he and his brother are directors of the company.

The brothers are the directors of Sylvia Park Limited.

Mr Raju said the main purpose for the Sylvia Park complex was to help members of the Malolo, Nadi, community and other surrounding settlements.

“I am very close to the community here because they are just like my family.”

He said the complex houses SuperFoods Supermarket, a liquor shop, Kava shop, cosmetic shop, vegetable market stands and more.

It also has what he called the Sylvia Park multipurpose hall that was opened the past Saturday.

He said: “The hall will host events from birthdays to weddings and church services.

“We want to help our community as much as possible because our belief is that 60 percent of the benefit must go to the community.”

Stages of development

There are four development stages; the first stage was the complex. The other three stages will take shape soon.

The second stage of development will have a service station and ten more shops next to the service station located next to the complex.

The third stage will be an accommodation for senior citizens while the fourth stage will include a children’s park and a park for senior citizens.

Cost

“Stage one completion value stands at $800,000 and was made to save travelling expenses for the community to be a one-stop shop,” he said.

The complex will also serve as an evacuation centre for the community during natural disasters.

“The overall investment is more than $3 million and we have those that are in the infant stages such as a fish warehouse and the building of ten taxi bases to cater for the communities here.”

He said a fish company from the USA had shown interest in setting up a warehouse in the area but it was early stages before he could release further details.

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