Balms

Made from scratch, Tunuloa en­trepreneur’s herbal

Fiji Sun - - BUSINESS - LAISEANA NASIGA Laisani Waqaiquma’s herbal body balm prod­ucts. Laisani Waqaiquma with home-made herbal body balm prod­ucts. Feed­back: laiseana.nasiga@fi­jisun.com.fj

Even with lim­ited avail­able re­sources, 26-year Laisani Waqaiquma man­aged to set up a herbal body balm busi­ness.

Home-based at Korovonu vil­lage of Tunuloa, Ms Waqaiquma started the busi­ness from scratch with empty bot­tles. She has since pro­gressed to tin con­tain­ers to store herbal body balm.

Busi­ness idea

Ms Waqaiquma said her busi­ness idea de­vel­oped from at­tend­ing train­ing or­gan­ised by the Buca Bay Or­ganic Farm As­so­ci­a­tion where she learnt to make body balms.

“I also help out in look­ing af­ter a bee farm here in Korovonu where I get a share of the honey to pro­duce body balm.” Ms Waqaiquma lives with her sib­lings in Korovonu.

She thought of start­ing the busi­ness to help con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially to her fam­ily’s needs.

“I also make vir­gin co­conut oil and masi which I have also used in the design for my body balm sticker.

“It has been a year since I started do­ing this busi­ness.

“My brother who lives in Nadi helped design my sticker and I had it printed from a shop in Savusavu,” she said.

For or­ders, she ad­ver­tises her prod­uct on her per­sonal Face­book page.

“I have had or­ders from Tave­uni, Savusavu, Nadi, Lau­toka and Suva.

“For some of th­ese or­ders, I use (EMS) Ex­press Mail Ser­vice courier and (CDP) Couri­ers Doc­u­ments and Parcels Ser­vices (CDP) to trans­port my prod­ucts,” she said.

Raw ma­te­ri­als

She said to make herbal body balm prod­uct, she uses a basin, medium-sized pot and a stove.

“De­pend­ing on the amount of vir­gin co­conut oil avail­able, I can make 12 tins of body balm from a one litre bot­tle of vir­gin co­conut oil,” she said.

Fu­ture plans

She hopes to set up a ware­house or a shed to man­u­fac­ture her prod­ucts and share her knowl­edge about op­er­at­ing a busi­ness with the youth of Korovonu.

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