Wi­dow works hard to earn

Fiji Sun - - AMAZING - NI­CO­LETTE CHAM­BERS Edited by Ivamere Nataro Feed­back: ni­co­lette.cham­bers@fi­jisun. com.fj

Af­ter los­ing her hus­band and suf­fer­ing a mild stroke, Sere­ana Tuisau Qoro never gave up on life.

Ms Qoro, from Vi­sei­sei Vil­lage in Vuda, Lau­toka, is a fa­mil­iar face to those who fre­quent First Land­ing Re­sort Fiji in Vuda for the past year.

Her big bula smile is what at­tracts peo­ple to her lit­tle cor­ner while sell­ing her handmade jew­ellery and hand­i­craft.

This is her only source of in­come to fend for her­self and her fam­ily. She was a house­keep­ing at­ten­dant be­fore de­cid­ing to start her own busi­ness.

“I worked in the house­keep­ing depart­ment at the Sher­a­ton Fiji Re­sort for a long time, but when I got mar­ried, I stopped work­ing and went on to sug­ar­cane farm­ing in 2007, that same year my hus­band passed away,” Ms Qoro said.

“Six years later I had a mild stroke, but that did not stop me from go­ing out on the field. I don’t want to de­pend on my fam­ily or oth­ers fi­nan­cially, I want to do things on my own know­ing that what­ever I buy is from my own sweat and hard work.”

She said when the COVID-19 pan­demic hit, she wasn’t dis­heart­ened nor was she wor­ried be­cause her faith kept her firm.

“I am a wi­dow and have no chil­dren, so I am happy to come and sell jew­ellery and hand­i­craft. The money I earn from sell­ing this is enough for me.

“I be­lieve that women have the po­ten­tial to do any­thing. Look at me, I had a mild stroke, but I am here work­ing try­ing to earn an in­come.”

I be­lieve that women have the po­ten­tial to do any­thing. Look at me, I had a mild stroke, but I am here work­ing try­ing to earn an in­come. Sere­ana Tuisau Qoro Vendor

Photo: Ni­co­lette Cham­bers

Sere­ana Tuisau Qoro at the First Land­ing Re­sort Fiji in Vuda, Lau­toka dur­ing the Vuda Beach Mar­ket on July 25, 2020.

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