$60k Cafe Aims to Con­nect Dif­fer­ences

Fiji Sun - - Business - KARALAINI TAVI

Lo­cated near the Golden Lady of the Fi­jian tourism in­dus­try – ShangriLa’s Fi­jian Re­sort and Spa Con­nect Café is an ideal spot where vis­i­tors can en­joy cof­fee.

The project is a sub­sidiary of the Na Hina Limited, reg­is­tered un­der the Naku­ru­vakarua Women In­vest­ment. It opened its door in Septem­ber, with a to­tal in­vest­ment of over $60,000.

Man­ager Bu­lou Lele Vo­sailagi said the en­tire project was in­spired by the Turaga Kalevu, the late Ratu Kini­jioji Nanovo Vo­sailagi.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Vo­sailagi the busi­ness was a form of women em­pow­er­ment.

“This will al­low mem­bers of the toka­toka to ac­tively be in­volved, we have other prop­er­ties but this one is spe­cial be­cause women are com­ing to­gether with skills and re­sources,” she said.

“To­day we are slowly ad­vanc­ing. We started off with ba­sic cof­fee, and now tea, milo, cakes, and fish and chips.” She added the name has a deeper spir­i­tual mean­ing to her peo­ple. “Where women come to­gether and con­nect de­spite their dif­fer­ences,” she added.

“One of the main ob­jec­tives was to bring unity amongst the women, so women where we can sit, re­lax and en­joy the beau­ti­ful at­mos­phere.”

They have fu­ture plans in the next 10 years to build an event cen­tre with a con­fer­ence room. There are hopes to have sim­i­lar joint ven­ture busi­ness projects on the same piece of land.

They have five staff, and two managers.

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Photo: Waisea Na­sokia.

Women from the toka­toka Naku­ru­vakarua at the con­nect Cafe in siga­toka.

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