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Isimeli Kotoisuva Defies The Odds

Disabled 26-year-old Isimeli Kotoisuva from Lomainasau, Tokatoka in Tailevu will now extend his canteen thanks to a grant from the Government. He received it from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during
13 Dec 2015 10:08
Isimeli Kotoisuva Defies The Odds

Disabled 26-year-old Isimeli Kotoisuva from Lomainasau, Tokatoka in Tailevu will now extend his canteen thanks to a grant from the Government.

He received it from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the Micro Small Business Grants at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori last Thursday.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun, he urged people not to look down on the disabled.

“Please look at us as normal people because we do what you can do,” he said.

Mr Kotoisuva said he had started a canteen at the village and the competition was tough since there were four other canteens.

He said he earned more than $200 per week and would be getting more with the boost from the grant.

His mother, Vulase Delana, said her son was born pre-maturely at six months and had to be put in an incubator to survive.

She said at seven-years-old, he could not walk and they had to carry him around.

“My son had the guts to survive and now he has a canteen of his own and is a bread winner of the family,” she said.

Ms Delana added that her son was setting a good example for the villagers by defying the odds with his canteen.

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