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Solo Mum Upskills To Support Children

Fulfilling children’s needs while being a solo mum is no easy task. Especially during a pandemic time that robbed families off jobs, money and other opportunities.
08 May 2022 11:45
Solo Mum Upskills To Support Children
Marion Jiuta showing complete items she sewed which she hopes to sell to earn an income.. Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

Fulfilling children’s needs while being a solo mum is no easy task.

Especially during a pandemic time that robbed families off jobs, money and other opportu­nities.

Seeing how life took a different turn during the pan­demic, aspiring entrepreneur Marion Jiuta started looking for ways of upskilling.

Her goal was to get more training to be able to set up a business to support her small family.

“As a single mom of two kids, I was facing a lot of financial problems so I had to look for ways to earn money,” she said.

“I started with making jewellery, my families over­seas would place an order and just send the money so I was able to earn something for my kids,” she said.

“Aside from this, I was an event planner and decora­tor for family events,” she said.

“I made a deal with my extended family that if they hire me as their decorator for their event, I won’t charge them but instead, every decoration or items used in the event will be mine as a form of payment.”

After three long years, Ms Jiuta then applied to Solo Moms Project, run by a non-governmental organisa­tion named International Needs Fiji.

It is funded by the Government of Ministry of For­eign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.

She heard about the programme from a friend who was part of the training.

“I was more interested in fabric cut printing so I wanted further training on this.”

“Six weeks into the training, I developed an interest in sewing which has given me more ideas on how to further my jewelry business.”

Future plans

She now plans to set up her own shop in the years to come.

She said despite being a mom, learning new skills set to grow her business ideas is nothing to be ashamed about.

“Single moms are often looked down upon so I want­ed to change that mindset by getting the right train­ing to grow my business ideas.”

From Yadrana, Lakeba, Lau, the 36-year-old resides in Qauia, Lami.

She also plans to become a facilitator to share her knowledge about running a small-scale business.

“Knowledge sharing helps us build more ideas and grow personally and that is why I want to help other solo moms to thrive in any business.”

Ms Jiuta wishes all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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