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Former Hotel Worker Returns To Toil Land

After being laid off from work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Nabolo and his wife, a school teacher at Mulomulo Secondary School moved to the village last month. They were renting a house in Sabeto.
26 Jun 2020 14:24
Former Hotel Worker Returns To Toil Land
Saimoni Nabolo after a day’s work on the farm.

A laid-off hotel worker, Saimoni Nabolo chose to return to his village with his family and utilise the idle land.

Originally from Navuniivi, Navitilevu, in Ra, the father of three children worked at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island in Nadi.

After being laid off from work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Nabolo and his wife, a school teacher at Mulomulo Secondary School moved to the village last month. They were renting a house in Sabeto.

“After I got laid off from work, the best option of survival that I could think of was to take my family and go to the village to do some farming,” he said.

“Now that we are in the village, I know I have made the best decision. From Monday to Saturday we go with other men in the village to work the land. We plant root crops and vegetables.”

The 30-year-old said the COVID-19 pandemic had taught many iTaukei people who have inherited land to put it to good use.

“I am glad that my children came to enjoy village life. I believe the COVID-19 pandemic crisis was a good motivator for us, especially the iTaukei,” he said.

“This crisis pushes us to go back to the Vanua and make use of the resources that we have,” Mr Nabolo added.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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