Cheer makes time for jew­ellery

She was in­spired by the Na Koro Mar­ket or­gan­iser, Peter Sipeli.

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De­spite hav­ing a thriv­ing fam­ily busi­ness, Anita Cheer is de­ter­mined to make her own mark. The 54-year-old has found a way to take a break from rou­tine and dis­cover a new recre­ation – mak­ing jew­ellery. Speak­ing at the Na Koro Mar­ket at the Fiji Mu­seum, Suva, yes­ter­day she said: “We have a cake shop in Sam­ab­ula and I help my hus­band Michael Cheer to run our cake shop, but I am more in­ter­ested in mak­ing and sell­ing jew­ellery. “I want to be in­de­pen­dent and have my own iden­tity. I do not want to be a bur­den on my hus­band all the time.” Ms Cheer said a lit­tle en­cour­age­ment from the Na Koro Mar­ket or­gan­is­ers set her off in a new adventure.

“I used to sell ready­made jew­elleries but I was in­spired by the Na Koro Mar­ket or­gan­iser Peter Sipeli to make them my­self and then sell it,” she said. For the past three years Ms Cheer has been mak­ing her own jew­ellery and sell­ing them. “I be­lieve Na Koro Mar­ket show­cases Fi­jian made prod­ucts and tal­ents of lo­cal peo­ple,” she said. “Na Koro Mar­ket is a good place for me to sell my jew­ellery be­cause it show­cases my ta­lent to peo­ple.” Ms Cheer has just bought a new ve­hi­cle and is pay­ing for it through her jew­ellery sales. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

Anita Cheer with her jew­ellery col­lec­tion dur­ing the Na Koro Mar­ket at the Fiji Mu­seum, Suva, yes­ter­day.

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