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Tuimaba Of Vio Eyes Boat Master Career

Vio Island resident Mereoni Tuimaba is confident about pursuing a course offered by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji to become a boat master.
23 Jul 2022 15:04
Tuimaba Of Vio Eyes Boat Master Career
Vio Island villager Mereoni Tuimaba.

Vio Island resident Mereoni Tuimaba is confident about pursuing a course offered by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji to become a boat master.

She is optimistic also because learnings from the course will al­low her to help her husband who runs a boat business on the island.

She and her husband began their boat business in 2018 under the name McGoon’s Enterprise, which now provides transportation to the mainland from Vio Island for com­munity members and outer island trips.

“I’m really looking forward to the course because, in my family, we are the first to have our women try to take the boat across to the main­land and now people are encourag­ing their children to do it,” she said.

“This will be good for women in case our husbands get sick or some­thing happens to them, we can still run the show.

“In the boat business some people take advantage my husband be­cause who is soft-spoken, but I al­ways demand they pay their fares. My family also have to foot the costs for benzine.”

She also sells parcels of mince curry with roti on the island at $1 each.

“I started business during the pandemic making about 30 parcels roti curry mince, $1 each so that’s $30 a day and I use my expense again to save up, so I don’t do roti on Sunday and Saturday. So, I save up to $40 a week.

“For the boat business, people are constantly going back and forth so we save about $60 a week.”

She hopes to generate more income because she plans to build a new family home.

“I have two kids and I look after one of my sister’s son. She has parted with her husband and the son is with me and I have two of my cousin’s children as well. They are both in their late teens so a total of five children are with me and my husband,” she said.

Ms Tuimaba was among women who took part in a financial literacy training on July 14 on Vio Island, which was facilitated by the Pacific Islands Development Forum.

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