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Selling Cakes Helps Vukivuki Earn Cash During Hard Times

“My mother is a mat weaver she also taught us how to bake and I have been selling baked goodies from a younger age.”
11 Apr 2021 11:00
Selling Cakes Helps Vukivuki Earn Cash During Hard Times
Manasa Tudama Vukivuki with his containers of homemade cakes. Photo: Laisa Lui.

Making ends meet may be a challenge these days, but 27-year-old Manasa Tudama Vukivuki is striving onwards as he sells his homemade cakes in Labasa.

Mr Vukivuki, who is the second eldest among six siblings stepped in to help his brothers and sisters in Votualevu after they lost their jobs during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

“I resigned from my work and took my family to Nadi to help out my mother and my siblings as my dad is no longer with us,” Mr Vukivuki said.

“My father Sakiusa Vakalala Vukivuki had passed away while serving in the Golan Heights in 2019, so I shouldered the responsibility of looking after my family.

“I did some backyard farming so we can sell the vegetables and crops to pay for bills and other stuff.

“My mother is a mat weaver she also taught us how to bake and I have been selling baked goodies from a younger age.”

Mr Vukivuki said after things were stable at their family home in Nadi, he moved back to Suva, but was not able to return to his former employment as many had been laid off as well.

“I also tried out to recruit for the Police intake which I followed from Navua, Tavua and Seaqaqa,” he said.

“When my name did not appear, my sister and her husband, whom I was staying with in Labasa, encouraged me not to be disheartened, but to bring my family over.

“They have also helped me in my spiritual life which was something that I never indulge myself into as I only believe in ‘karma- you do good to me I do good to you.’”

Now the Bua native with maternal links to Vatoa in Lau said his life had made a complete turnaround.

“When business was slow my brother-in-law told me to start my cake business.

“I started baking the cakes with my own recipes of chocolate, strawberry and lemon cake and sell them in offices and the markets starting from the morning until all the pastries are sold by the afternoon.

“I bake six trays of cakes and make a profit of $70 each day.”

The father of two girls said that from his earnings they would be moving to their new flat in two weeks’ time and hopefully to buy land, build their own home and have their own car in the next five years.

He said despite the challenges he faced in life and following the wrong crowd, he was grateful for the divine intervention that is the stepping stone to his future success.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: laisa.kabulevu@fijisun.com.fj



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