Man fixes elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances in ex­change for of­fers in kind

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Putting a smile on peo­ple’s faces is all Sak­iusa Masi hopes to do amid the dif­fi­cult times Fi­jians are go­ing through.

Saki, as he is com­monly known on the Barter for Bet­ter Fiji Face­book page is bar­ter­ing his me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing skills with what­ever his clients can of­fer.

Be it gro­ceries to help him and his fam­ily get by, a cake, or baby clothes for his sec­ond child that’s on the way, he will take the job. The lad from Vo­tua, Bar­avi in Nadroga, said though he has his own share of per­sonal strug­gles, mak­ing his fam­ily and his clients happy in these try­ing times was a pri­or­ity for him.

The Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing Class 2 Trade grad­u­ate from Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity has so far re­paired close to 20 elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances. These are from 15 clients ever since he posted his barter sys­tem on the Face­book page a week ago.

“Peo­ple tell me that my clients are of­fer­ing me very less goods in ex­change for my ser­vices but I tell them even if a fam­ily gives me a pot of Rourou to eat, I would be grate­ful,” Mr Masi said. “Ever since I started bar­ter­ing for my ser­vices I have re­ceived bot­tles of al­co­hol, gro­ceries, cakes and baby clothes for my sec­ond child that is on the way,” he said.

“I don’t re­ally ex­pect any­thing in re­turn for my ser­vices, but what­ever a fam­ily gives me I re­ceive it as a bless­ing.”

Mr Masi spe­cialises in gen­eral me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal re­pairs.

“I have a full time job as an Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer and we have been work­ing on re­duced pay and hours, but when I fin­ish off work what­ever re­quests I get from mem­bers of the page, I take it up if they are within my reach.

“I am happy, my fam­ily is happy and my clients are happy, that is how I want peo­ple to feel dur­ing this pan­demic.

“A lady whom I re­paired her wash­ing ma­chine cried and told me that she was charged $200 by a pre­vi­ous me­chanic that did not do a good job.

“I don’t do those dirty games, Fi­jians need us to help each other out dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times.”

He said it was im­por­tant that we look af­ter each other’s needs at a time where ev­ery­one is strug­gling to sur­vive.

Edited by Ranoba


Sak­iusa Masi (left) re­ceives a cake from Fiu Do­miniko in ex­change for re­pair­ing his wash­ing ma­chine.

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