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School Dropout Opens Barber Business In Nadi

“People may say it is hard to start a business during this pandemic but a leap of faith will do.”
25 Sep 2020 10:37
School Dropout Opens Barber Business In Nadi
Luke Tokalautawa attending one of his customers. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Being a school dropout did not deter 18-year-old Luke Tokalautawa Thompson from starting his own business.

He opened his barber shop, ‘Luke the Groomer’ at Eden Plaza in Martintar, Nadi.

Originally from Cikobia Island in Macuata, Mr Thomas said at a young age he had passion to groom people’s hair.

At Year 10, he lost interest in school and started working in some barber shop in Nadi.

“My parents have always encouraged me to use the talent and skills I have so I could be able to make a living for myself,” he said.

“For the past six years, I had the privilege to cut the hair of the Fijian rugby team reps and some prominent people in the country.”

Furthermore, Mr Thomas acknowledged God for all his achievement.

“I believe I couldn’t achieve all this without God who is the source of my strength,” he said.

His message to school dropout peers: “Nothing is impossible if you utilise the talents and the abilities that you have.

“People may say it is hard to start a business during this pandemic but a leap of faith will do.”

He had invested $7000 in the establishment of his barber shop.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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