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40-Year-Old Woman Juggles Two Jobs

Motu Lalagavesi is the ideal daughter any mother would be proud of, as she juggles between two jobs each day, earning a reasonable income to support her family.
13 Nov 2022 17:49
40-Year-Old Woman Juggles Two Jobs
Motu Lalagavesi, 40, with friend, Melisa Ligaqaqa, 34, preparing BBQ meals at the roadside stall in Covata Housing, Tuatua Labasa on November 10, 2022. Photo: Sampras Anand

Motu Lalagavesi is the ideal daughter any mother would be proud of, as she juggles between two jobs each day, earning a reasonable income to support her family.

The 40-year-old resides in Covata Hous­ing in Tuatua, Labasa and works as a fish parcel vendor at the Labasa market while in the evenings she operates a roadside Barbeque business.

She set up her roadside BBQ business at the entrance sidewalk of Covata Housing.

Ms Lalagavesi said diversifying her in­come-earning opportunities was the best decision she made.

“Business is good for both my jobs and this helps me a lot,” she said.

This was equally important as it enabled

her to manage the house rent, and cater

for her 78-year-old mother’s medical needs and daily expenses.

“I enjoy multitasking as I earn well and at the same time get the privilege to serve the public through catering,” she said.

Among this, she believes that people must break out of their traditional thought that selling near roadside and streets was not the best job.

“If people are ashamed of selling in a public space, then they lose that opportu­nity to earn money and utilise their free time,” she emphasised.

Good customer service vital

She said providing good customer care is the golden mantra for any thriving busi­ness.

She sells 30 BBQ serves on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 40 serves from Fridays to Saturdays.

“Business is good and the weekends are the best.”

A serve of BBQ cost $10 while subway burgers are expected to be released by this weekend.

The youngest of the four daughters said people from all walks of life bought food from her stall.

Helping hand and friend, Melisa Li­gaqaqa, was delighted to assist her friend and described the job as second to none.

Feedbacks: sampras.anand@fijisun.com.fj



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