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Widow Secures Children’s Future With Yaqona Farm

“I didn’t know how to restart my life and take over the role of a father at first, so I worked on the small farm in the village and applied for Social Welfare assistance to support my children’s education,”
01 Sep 2021 18:48
Widow Secures Children’s Future With Yaqona Farm
Widow Sisilia Domuwai of Naimasimasi Village, Serua with two of her four children Waisale Roko and Rupeni Vocea on August 30, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A widow and mother-of-four children from Naimasimasi Village in Serua secured the future of her children by planting 200 plants of yaqona in the village.

The 32-year-old lost her husband who was their sole breadwinner in 2017.

It was the worst of times for the unemployed Sisilia Donuwai.

Ms Donuwai said with the little money in one hand and four young boys in the other after her husband died was a frightening experience. One that still saddens her.

“I didn’t know how to restart my life and take over the role of a father at first, so I worked on the small farm in the village and applied for Social Welfare assistance to support my children’s education,” Ms Donuwai said.

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“I always wanted to be a schoolteacher during my childhood days, but I couldn’t further my studies after Year 11, as my father was the only one earning and supporting my five other siblings,” she said.

Ms Donuwai does not want her children to suffer the same fate as her so with the help from her brothers in the village she secured 200 yaqona plants.

“I will do everything possible to support my children’s education and to at least get one of my boys to become a schoolteacher, something I always wanted to be,” she said.

Ms Donuwai travelled to Navua Town to purchase a smart phone on higher purchase so her children could access online classes from home.

She hopes to extend her yaqona plantation to further secure her four children’s future and that one day her boys would succeed.

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