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Sugarcane Labourer Owns Supermarket In Labasa  

He said over the years, through their savings, they purchased a piece of land and with the support of the Fiji Development Bank, he built Hari’s Fairprice Supermarket.
23 Apr 2021 13:30
Sugarcane Labourer Owns Supermarket In Labasa  
Hari Sharma (left) with his extended family inside Hari’s Fairprice Supermarket in Wailevu, Labasa on April 22, 2021. Photo: Shratika Naidu

At the age of 15, Hari Dutt Sharma of Maunidevo, Dreketi,  Macuata moved to Labasa with his mum in search of a better life.

The youngest of four siblings and the only son said after his father passed away they had nothing left at home.

“To survive my mother worked as a house girl while I worked as a sugarcane labourer, “ he said.

He also worked in various supermarkets in Labasa doing small odd jobs.

Twenty-five years later, Mr Shrama opens his supermarket in Wailevu, Labasa.

He said over the years, through their savings, they purchased a piece of land and with the support of the Fiji Development Bank, he built Hari’s Fairprice Supermarket.

The 40-year-old father of four children said: “I struggle because I want to see my dream succeed and I want to support my children’s dream as a father.

I don’t want my children to suffer like me.”

He said even while building the supermarket many tried to interfere to stop the work but he didn’t rest.

“My advice to the Fijian people during this very challenging times is to try to live your dream and never give up.

“Like I have seen better days, surely you will too.”

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