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Grant Expands Dad And Daughter’s Businesses

Vilitati Momo’s family shop was the culmination of his hard work and perseverance. The 63-year-old grandfather of Korovuto Village in Nadi started his business a few years ago, running a
02 Feb 2018 13:05
Grant Expands Dad And Daughter’s Businesses
From left, Vilitati Momo with her daughter, Asinate Waicala at their family shop in Korovuto Village in Nadi on January 31, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Vilitati Momo’s family shop was the culmination of his hard work and perseverance.

The 63-year-old grandfather of Korovuto Village in Nadi started his business a few years ago, running a small canteen at his home.

It was through the small and micro business grant, that the father of five managed to open a shop with the items worth around $1000. He was among the first lot of recipients in 2015.

Mr Momo had other obligations within the village and church so the running of their family business was handed down to her daughter, Asinate Waicala last year.

Ms Waicala, 35, had worked for various hotels in Nadi for many years before she resigned.

Now they also run an internet shop where students from their village would use to do research.

“I can still remember when we were little, our parents had a small canteen at home and they were always involved in small businesses like selling grog,” she said.

Ms Waicala thanked the Government for their assistance to help her father start their family shop.

“I worked at various resorts, but then I’ve seen that we earn more by running our own business, we don’t need anyone to boss us around,” she added.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce




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