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Injury, No Compensation Fail to Deter Korovuto man

You can never put a strong willed man down and count him out. This sums up carpenter Mahesh Chand of  Korovuto, Nadi. Three years ago, Mr Chand was left high
23 Mar 2018 11:00
Injury, No Compensation  Fail to Deter Korovuto man
Mahesh Chand with his produce at Korovuto in Nadi on March 9, 2018. Photos: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

You can never put a strong willed man down and count him out.

This sums up carpenter Mahesh Chand of  Korovuto, Nadi.

Three years ago, Mr Chand was left high and dry after his employer ran away overseas without compensating him for an injury he sustained whilst working for that construction company.

That failed to deter the 59-year-old from finding a way to earn money for his small family.

He now sells vegetables in Korovuto where he is able to earn around $50 a week.

That income is enough to cater for all his family expenses.  Mr Chand lives in Tunalia Settlement.

His vegetable produce includes okra, ginger, chilies, lemon and pumpkin.

“I used to work as a carpenter for a construction company, but one day I got injured and badly fractured my leg landing me at Lautoka Hospital,” Mr Chand said.

“My employer ran away overseas while I was still in hospital without compensating me, that was one of the most painful moments of my life,” he said.

He started picking up the pieces and started looking for ways to earn money.

“Three years ago I decided to sell vegetables for a living, I love it because I get to earn every day and meet different people,” he said.

He added that at times business wasn’t good especially when vegetables were in season because that was when market vendors competed for the best prices to attract customers.

“Business isn’t good at all times, we have our bad days too but that doesn’t stop me from selling vegetables,” Mr Chand said.

“I learn from my shortfalls and always try to be better prepared – that helps me a lot.

“My customers’ satisfaction is my priority; I go out of my way to give them the service they deserve.

“Family is important and to me I am doing this for my family.

“Then as a carpenter I do little chores around the house and that keeps me going.

“So rather than staying home and feeling sorry for myself, I have a small business to get me going.”

He starts his business from 9am to 7pm every Monday to Saturday. Mr Chand has two children and two grandchildren. It was through his selling vegetables at the market that he has overcome his shyness.

 

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