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Samsun Nisha Enjoys New Lease Of Life

‘I started working in a garment factory earning around $45 a week. Four years later, I was lucky to get a stall and a machine of my own’
16 Oct 2020 10:33
Samsun Nisha Enjoys New Lease Of Life
Samsun Nisha at her shop at the Flea Market in Suva.

Samsun Nisha, 40, is truly a resilient Fijian.

The single parent owns a sewing business at the Flea Market in Suva. She is one of those individuals who were assisted through the Government’s COVID-19 concessional loan facility.

Ms Nisha said being able to access funds when the economy was affected by the woes of COVID-19 was a positive initiative.

With the finances, she has been able to acquire equipment and materials that has got her quite busy.

Like thousands of Fijians, the COVID-19 pandemic had affected her.

 

Being positive

But with the loan, she turned things around.

Ms Nisha said while the earnings were not as much as pre-COVID-19, she was able to support her 17-year-old son.

She acquired a stall at the Flea Market after working as a garment machinist for four years.

At the age of 20, she moved to Suva from Labasa with her husband.

Her son was just 10 months old when the couple parted ways.

With no support from anyone, she had to live in the Housing Assistance Relief Trust (HART) home in Nakasi.

“I started working in a garment factory earning around $45 a week. Four years later, I was lucky to get a stall and a machine of my own,” she said.

“It was hard, slow, and frustrating at first. But I knew that if I didn’t do this, my son would suffer.”

Ms Nisha said after COVID-19 and even after, things were really hard.

She said people chose not to spend. Then more bad luck followed when the old Flea Market was razed in May.

“I thank the Government. I am just one small business owner. There are many other Fijians out there who have benefitted,” she said.

The Government announced a COVID-19 Concessional Finance Support Package for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

There were three products, the COVID-19 concessional loan facility is for new and existing micro enterprises, COVID-19 concessional loan facility for existing small enterprises and COVID-19 concessional loan facility for existing medium sized enterprises.

It started on June 7.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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