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$100 Daily Profit From Sewing Business

When Lanieta Ledua was offered a chance to earn a living from her talent, she did not think twice and proceeded to start a business in Kadavu.
10 Jul 2022 12:42
$100 Daily Profit From Sewing Business
Lanieta Ledua with some of her tailored outfits. Photo: Josefa Babitu

When Lanieta Ledua was offered a chance to earn a living from her talent, she did not think twice and proceeded to start a business in Kadavu.

With no formal qualification, she sews a variety of clothing for many occasions that opened doors of opportunities for growth.

Today she makes $80 to $100 daily profit from her stall at the Government Station in Vunisea.

“I learned how to sew in school, but I did not know it would lead to this,” she said.

“There was a woman that I used to follow around. She was talented. I would sit and watch her sew.

“One day I told myself I would practise this craft and see how I would turn out.”

The 59-year-old started sewing simple dresses and shirts, her passion and consistency led to sewing other complicated patterns.

“When I started doing it, people noticed and had me sew their clothes,” she said, adding that the rest was history.

Her work gained popularity when she got married in 1996 and moved to Mokoisa Village, about 30 minutes away from Vunisea.

She hails from Solotavui, Nakasaleka, which is also on Kadavu.

“A few years after I started sewing, I was approached by a provincial administrator at the time to sew for a government delegation’s kalavata,” she said.

“It was the biggest job I ever had.

“After that job, my workload began to increase and so I treated it as a full-time job.”

“People all over Kadavu have come here to get their ideal dress or shirt sewn,” she said.

“Some pay more than I charge here just to get it sewn. I appreciate their trust in my talent.”

Her charges are $18 for shirts and $20 for dresses, however, it varies for complicated pattern designs.

“I receive a lot of orders each week and always make it my task to finish them all before the due date,” she said.

The business has helped her family financially by rebuilding their house after it was partially destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Harold in 2022.

Her income helps feed her family while income from yaqona is kept for bigger projects.

“It might not be smooth sailing in the beginning, but it will surely be later on,” she said.

Feedback: josefa.babitu@fijisun.com.fj



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