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Flowers Help Ulita Pay Bills

The 58-year-old now uses her earnings to pay rent,  other expenses and buy food. A passion for flowers from a very young age has now blossomed into a flourishing business for
27 May 2017 11:00
Flowers Help Ulita Pay Bills
Ulita Mani with her flowers at the 2017 Northern Agriculture show in Labasa on 25.05.17. Photo: Josaia Ralago

The 58-year-old now uses her earnings to pay rent,  other expenses and buy food.

A passion for flowers from a very young age has now blossomed into a flourishing business for Ulita Mani, raking in up to $500 in earnings weekly.

Standing amidst the variety of flora in front of her stall at the Northern Agriculture show in Labasa, the 58-year-old Tabia lady said this has been her main source of income for more than a decade.

“I have always loved flower gardening from when I was young growing up in Tabia Village outside Labasa Town. I never thought it would get into this but I thank God for these most wonderful gifts of nature,” Mrs Mani said.

And according to the mother of two, she was one of the first that began the selling of flowers at the Labasa market.

“When I first started doing this about 15 years ago, I was the only one here in Labasa,” Mrs Mani said.

“And back then the flower varieties were the basic one like ‘cevuga’, crabs claw, roses and so on. But now it has advanced and more women are entering the business which I think is good.

“We as women need to pursue our dreams, earning for ourselves and our families. We do not need to rely on our husbands all the time.”

Mrs Mani added; “Flowers has always been a part of my life that prior to the construction of our home a few years back, I had already planted the flowers first.

“Straight after my morning prayer, I would go into the greenhouse outside our home to greet the flowers and wish them the best for the day,” she said.

“Now, I never ask my husband for anything that I want to purchase. There are instances where I pay the rent, bills and food from my earnings.”

She sells flowers in the market every Saturday.

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 



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