COVID-19: Tailoring Business Affected In Labasa

“I used to earn $60 to $70 a day, but now with COVID-19 in Fiji that has become my weekly income,” Mrs Lal said.
30 Mar 2020 12:01
COVID-19: Tailoring Business Affected In Labasa
Instyle Tailoring Centre owner Sunita Lal in Labasa Town on March 29, 2020. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The tailoring business in Labasa Town has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some claim that from March 20, customers had not come into town to access their service.

Sunita Lal, 40, a former staff member of Fiji Airways originally from Nausori started her business in Labasa by the name Instyle Tailoring Centre seven months ago.

“I used to earn $60 to $70 a day, but now with COVID-19 in Fiji that has become my weekly income,” Mrs Lal said.

“After Prime Minister issued a ban on mass gatherings, schools remain closed, and there is no wedding or celebration. Hence, people do not see the need to sew clothes.

“Life has become so hard especially for those who run small business,” the mother of four children residing at Dreketilailai in Labasa said.

“I am thinking where to get customers so that I can earn money to pay rent, water bill, electricity bill and buy groceries.”

Another tailor, Kiran Wati, 46, operating her business by the name Kiran’s Boutique for more than a decade said she was thankful to the Government for allowing people to access their Fiji National Provident Fund.

“I am thankful to God at least there is no coronavirus case in Northern Division,” Mrs Wati of Waiqele, Labasa said.

“This meant we can continue to run our business unlike those in Lautoka Confinement Area.

“However, tailoring business is greatly affected even though the shop is open six days a week,” she said.

“Now I have to find a new method to attract customers, otherwise I will have to close my business.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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