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Waitress Avoids Back To School Rush

Waitress Avoids Back To School Rush
Emele Balekia (Sale girl at Deoji), Makelesi Sotikau and son Jone Nasoli at Deoji Store in Nadi on January 8, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai
January 09
11:00 2019

The breadwinner has managed to prepare her four children for school that starts next week.

Makelesi Sotikau works at Denarau as a waitress.

Despite her husband not having a permanent job they were able to prepare the children for school.

“When the school ended last year, I bought my older children’s school station­ery.”

The eldest child is in sec­ondary, two in primary and the youngest will attend kin­dergarten in a fortnight.

The family resides at Yavu­sania, Nadi.

A lawn mowing business helps the father to provide for the family.

Meanwhile, Prakash Reddy, 45, father of three, supports his daughter’s education with his lawn mowing busi­ness.

“A few months ago, I was laid off from my job as secu­rity guard but I was lucky. I bought a brush cutter and cut grass around the neigh­borhood in Nasoso,” Mr Reddy said.

“With the money received, I was able to cater for my fam­ily and prepare my daughter for school.

“I am thankful to the gov­ernment that they are do­ing something to help low income families like mine. The government offers free bus fare and that is great as my daughter travels from Nasoso to SSKMC.

“My wife also helps sup­port our family as she works at a restaurant in Nadi,” he said.

Edited by Susana Tuilau


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