Lifestyle

At 49, Ex-Hotel Worker: My Life Has Just Begun

He said he was grateful to the Government for providing the opportunity for those like him to be economically empowered.
11 Nov 2020 10:34
At 49, Ex-Hotel Worker: My Life Has Just Begun
Sitiveni Yamoyamo (first from right), with his brothers at his car wash along the Kings Roads at Navolau 1 in Ra. Photo: Susana Hirst-Tuilau

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught many life lessons, and Sitiveni Yamoyamo testifies to this.

The former hotel worker diverted his skills to becoming self-reliant after losing his job at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau Island, Nadi when COVID-19 hit.

After months of pondering, he opened a car wash along the Kings Road, a few kilometres from his village in Navolau 1, Ra.

In his efforts of starting his new business, Mr Yamoyamo praised the Government for giving him a second chance.

He was one of many people who successfully received the COVID-19 Concessional Loan Package.

The widower who has spent more than 20 years as a mechanic said he made up his mind to stick to what he knows best.

The business, Navolauwaqa Car Wash and Services employs two staff.

Mr Yamoyamo said he hoped to expand his business into a mechanical workshop, and train the youths in his village.

He said he was grateful to the Government for providing the opportunity for those like him to be economically empowered.

“With my mechanical background I want to give back like the Government has given me this loan. My advice to others is never doubt yourself. I’m 49-years-old and my life has just started,” Mr Yamoyamo said.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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