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Sisters Stick To Old Name, Sweets Making Business Thrives

Sisterly bond is the strongest bond sisters Farhana Khan and Shabana Ali testify with the gradual growth of their Indian sweets making business.
27 Oct 2019 16:36
Sisters Stick To Old Name, Sweets Making Business Thrives
Sisters (from left) Shabana Ali, Farhana Khan with staff Ashvini Lata and Sitalina Waqa on October 23, 2019. Photo: Wati Talebula

Sisterly bond is the strongest bond sisters Farhana Khan and Shabana Ali testify with the gradual growth of their Indian sweets making business.

The duo took over the operations of the 15-year-old Ganesh Sweets & Snacks five years ago.

Although they are Muslims they refuse to change the business name.

“We have maintained the name Ganesh Sweets & Snacks even when we are Muslims. We believe that the name doesn’t matter but your heart and the passion,” director Farhana Khan said.

“Inside this factory no one is allowed to bring meat and now we are fully vegetarian just like our Hindu brothers and sisters since we have been preparing sweets and snacks,” she said.

“This is the only place we make the sweets but we hope that in future we will have a place of our own where we will operate from.

“During the Diwali season the demand for sweets and snacks is always high.

“The prices of the raw materials are increasing but we are trying to maintain the prices.”

Packed Ganesh Sweets & Snacks are popular gifts corporate organisations give to their clients and customers during Diwali.

Located at Nasole, Nasinu the company employs 14 staff.

There are also GSS bean carts at MHCC, Valelevu NEWWORLD and RB Centrepoint.

“The demand for Diwali the past five years that we have been operating has been increasing every year,” operations manageress Shabana Ali said.

“Our customers have also increased, we are thankful to our customers as through words by mouth our customer base has been steadily increasing,” she said.

“My sister and I are operating with the help of male chefs and other ladies help with the packaging. All sweets we prepare are 100 per cent vegetarian.

“We distribute and do all the Indian sweets and snacks. We don’t just make sweets during Diwali but throughout the year but during Diwali we get a lot of orders.

“From childhood my older sister Farhana had a passion of making sweets. When we were young, she used to tell us that if we are good then she would make sweets for us.

“We have never ever had any regrets when we decided to venture into this field.  We wish everyone a Happy Diwali.”

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