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Grant To Make Angela’s Sewing Business Dream A Reality

Staying up until 4am to complete sewing orders for her customers is not only a tiresome job, but also a frightening one for 38-year-old Angela Wati. Ms Wati, who runs
02 Nov 2018 15:19
Grant To Make Angela’s Sewing Business Dream A Reality
Angela Wati with her husband Nilesh Prasad and their 9-year-old daughter Nishi Prasad at the Valelevu Ground in Nasinu after Ms Wati received her grant on November 1, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei

Staying up until 4am to complete sewing orders for her customers is not only a tiresome job, but also a frightening one for 38-year-old Angela Wati.

Ms Wati, who runs her own in-house tailoring business, does not have space in her modest Davuilevu home to sew so she does all of her sewing outside.

She said most of the time she has to stay up to work late nights, fearing for her safety, which takes up a large amounts of concentration. Despite this, she commits herself to getting her job done for her family’s sake.

But yesterday, Ms Wati could not contain her excitement being one of the 1005 residents along the Suva-Nausori corridor, who received $1000 each from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism yesterday under the Micro and Small Business Grant.

When asked what she would do with the money, she said she would extend her home and build a room where she can do all her sewing.

“It is not safe for me to sew at night because sometimes drunk people come and stand on the road,” Ms Wati said.

“But I have no choice and I cannot complain because I have to sew so that I can earn money for my family.”

She said she applied for the grant in March with the help of her husband who works as a panel beater and she has been looking forward to the day of disbursement, knowing her dream of sewing indoors will finally come true.

“I am so happy, I will order building materials for my sewing room and I also have to have a fitting room because I have to impress my clients.”

Ms Wati’s sewing business earns her family an income of more than $100 a week depending on the number of customers she has per week.

“I get a lot of customers during peak periods like Christmas so I am looking forward to improving my business and attracting more people.”

She has been sewing for eight years and provides for her family of four.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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