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Crafter Carves His Own Path

  Lemeki Cakacaka Biau may look frail, but that does not stop the Fulaga man striving in his handicraft business. The 69-year-old started his business in Taveuni in 1998. He
21 Feb 2018 11:00
Crafter Carves His Own Path
Lemeki Cakacaka Biau in his handicraft shop in Savusavu on February 14, 2018. Photo: Wati Talebula

 

Lemeki Cakacaka Biau may look frail, but that does not stop the Fulaga man striving in his handicraft business.

The 69-year-old started his business in Taveuni in 1998.

He was one of the recipients of the Small and Micro Business Grants presented by Government in 2015.

The $1000 grant Mr Biau received was used to buy tools to boost his business.

“I make my own handicraft and that is one of my advantages. The grant has really helped me because I did not have the tools to carve, but now I do. I finally got the tools that I needed. I always used to make my handicrafts with my hand, but now it has been made easier,” Mr Biau said.

“Now I can carve faster and it turns out more beautiful. Whenever I make the handicraft I make sure I get profit out of it.”

Mr Biau was emotional when he described the hardship he used to go through.

“This is our only source of income. Sometimes there is no sale, but that does not discourage me. When tourist ships come to Savusavu, I get customers. My in-laws provide me with the wood to make my handicraft,” he said.

“Other handicraft businesses in Savusavu buy their handicrafts, but I make mine. I hope to expand my handicraft shop. I know the good thing about getting the grant. From the $1000 I have got more handicrafts.

“I used the money that I get from selling my handicrafts to pay bills and buy food for the family.”

Mr Biau also spends his time teaching his grandsons how to carve.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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