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Couple Share Success Of New Airbnb Business To Help Inspire Others

Despite the impact of COVID-19 over the past months, a Nadi couple has ventured into a new business to help sustain themselves. And Kulae Delana-Kiso and Netani Kiso have been
30 Jan 2021 14:07
Couple Share Success Of New Airbnb Business To Help Inspire Others
Kulae Delana-Kiso and Netani Kiso inside one of the rooms at their Mountain View home in Martintar, Nadi, on January 26, 2021. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Despite the impact of COVID-19 over the past months, a Nadi couple has ventured into a new business to help sustain themselves.

And Kulae Delana-Kiso and Netani Kiso have been doing great so far, eager to learn more.

In 2019, the recently married couple, began their first business together after opening an Airbnb at their two-bedroom Mountain View home in Martintar, Nadi.

Mr Kiso, a chef by profession for 10 years, was previously employed at the Bounty Restaurant, Kanu Gastropub by Lance Seeto and Vasaqa Productions in Nadi, while Ms Kiso was previously engaged in working with various businesses organising different Airbnb.

She decided to leave her job and try out having her own Airbnb, now known as ‘KK’s Home’ which was turning out successful in the year 2019. Last year when COVID-19 hit, Mr Kiso sadly lost his job and he moved on to help his wife to provide the Airbnb for the locals and offer a special price of $40 per room for two individuals.

“We had to think outside the box of how we were going to earn income for ourselves because our main people were the tourists and when the borders closed we had to think big,” said Mr Kiso.

“We hoped and prayed that things would work out. My wife has experience in managing Airbnb and I played my part in preparing the meals for our guests where they are treated to a full American breakfast.”

Alongside this, Mr Kiso said he was grateful to collect some extra money after he had received requests for food from locals that were in quarantine.

“My wife’s aunt was in quarantine, and I was cooking her meals from home and delivering it to her, she posted some photos on Facebook of the different food I made and later I had received messages from about six people to make their food, mostly traditional Fijian food,” he said.

“I did this for these six people for two weeks.”

Ms Kiso said the income earned from the Airbnb was helping them pay their bills and provide food for them. The couple has plans to expand their business to inspire others on ways they can earn an income as we continue to experience the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feedback:  nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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