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Handicrafts Offer Stay-At-Home Mum A Way To Earn Cash

When she started her businesses, her two children were only three and five years old. Working from home was her saving grace.
13 Jun 2019 15:41
Handicrafts Offer Stay-At-Home Mum A Way To Earn Cash
Stay-at-home mum and entrepreneur Amrita Nand holds wall-hangings she crocheted to sell at the 2019 Fiji National Women’s Expo on June 12, 2019. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

As a young mother Amrita Nand was faced with a dilemma: How could she simultaneously raise her children and contribute to her family’s financial stability?

Today, it’s clear she’s found a solution. Ms Nand has two successful businesses — one selling potted plants and the other selling crocheted items — both of which she runs from home.

“I started this because I was thinking in my kids,” she said.

“If I work outside, I have to look for a house girl and it’s very difficult.”

When she started her businesses, her two children were only three and five years old. Working from home was her saving grace.

“At the time I started I had no other choice,” said Ms Nand.

Four years later, she has expanded her business by delving into new crocheted items, including sun hats, hair pieces, wall hangings and earrings.

If the diversity of crocheted items she has created isn’t enough evidence of her creativity, Ms Nand also incorporates recycled items, such as plastic bottle rings and olds bangles, into her items.

She also plays an integral part in making sure her family is financially stable.

“I really feel good that I’m helping my husband, especially since we are struggling at the moment,” she said.

“I also feel proud for my kids that I am looking after them and doing this.”

She is encouraging other mothers to use the skills they have if they want to support themselves or their families.

“You can do anything; you can do whatever you want,” she said.

“Just make your own creation, that’s what I did. Do something to help your husband and your kids.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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