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Shoe Repair Man Sets Goals For Future

The much needed financial boost, he said, would go into purchasing materials like leather, shoe sole, cotton and glue for his business.
25 Oct 2020 10:05
Shoe Repair Man Sets Goals For Future
Govind Raj 40, at his shoe repair stall in Suva on October 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Forty-year-old Govind Sharwan hopes to save enough money from his shoe repair business to open his own restaurant.

He learned how to repair shoes from his grandfather when he was only five years old.

Since then he has capitalised on this skill to now run his own shoe repair business near the Suva Municipal Market.

The income he earns sustains his family of six at their home in Sakoca, Tacirua.

But Mr Sharwan has bigger plans for himself and his family.

Years ago he was employed as a chef at a popular restaurant in town.

Though he had a stable job then, he continued repairing shoes on the side.

For seven years he would repair shoes in town by day and impress clients with his culinary skills by night.

After the restaurant closed, it was only natural that Mr Sharwan turned to being a shoe cobbler as a full time job.

Two weeks ago he received a $4000 loan from Government under the Micro, Small And Medium Enterprise Scheme.

The much needed financial boost, he said, would go into purchasing materials like leather, shoe sole, cotton and glue for his business.

“I came to know about the loan in the news and I applied just to try my luck. I’ve been in the shoe business since 1994, but I was working for somebody else then. In 2013 I got my own licence to operate and I started doing shoe repairing on my own,” Mr Sharwan said.

“Business is very slack right now because of COVID-19. Before, it was better, but still we have to spend money on materials in order to make money and sometimes when we don’t have customers; it’s a struggle. The money I’ve received will help me to buy the materials I use in bulk.”

With the money he has saved from his business Mr Sharwan has managed to buy a piece of land in Sakoca where he is now building a family home.

He is encouraging like-minded business entrepreneurs to utilise Government assistance to improve their business.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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