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Amazing Fijians: Aspiring Teacher Sells Barbeque To Help Mum

Mr Chand has been running a barbeque stall a few metres away from his home in Wailoku on Fridays and Saturdays. He decided to set up a barbeque stall after his mother’s working hours were reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic and after he could no longer cope with his full-time job and studies.
12 Sep 2020 15:18
Amazing Fijians: Aspiring Teacher Sells Barbeque To Help Mum
Nikil Chand sells barbeque at night at his stall. Photo: Sheenal Charan

Nikil Chand juggles his school work with his new business venture as a barbeque seller in the weekends.

The 19-year-old university student during this tough time has pitched in to financially help his mother provide for the family.

Mr Chand has been running a barbeque stall a few metres away from his home in Wailoku on Fridays and Saturdays.

He decided to set up a barbeque stall after his mother’s working hours were reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic and after he could no longer cope with his full-time job and studies.

“I used to arrive home after 8pm when I worked full-time which made it difficult to cope with my studies,” Mr Chand said.

“My mum’s working hours have been reduced and I want to help her.”

He lives with his mother and sister and aspires to be a high school teacher.

“I decided to quit my full-time job and set up my own barbeque stall so that I could manage my time towards my studies,” he said.

“I am happy now that I am able to do my assignments and earn an income also.”

As it is usually hard to start a business, Mr Chand had to overcome challenges like acquiring equipment and building materials to set up his stall.

Finding a way of attracting customers to his BBQ stall was also a problem.

“At first it was very difficult to arrange for equipment and to set up the barbeque stall,” he said.

“Then poor light was difficult to attract customers; I thank my friend Nemani who is more like a brother to me for helping out, now even vehicles passing by stop at my stall to buy barbeque.”

He said his action speaks for itself and he encourages youths to work hard in these challenging times and enjoy later.

“As youths we must work hard now and enjoy the fruits of our labour later,” he said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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