People

Bainivalu’s love for flowers

Finding the ideal contrast, trimming it and designing the flowers in a way that allows people to perfectly express their emotions is what Sainimili Bainivalu does every day. The 61-year-old said fresh, colourful and mesmerising...

19th October

Mothers of Nailou: Women fund canteen to build evacuation centre

Despite the challenges, Maria Iowana has shouldered the responsibilities of being the president of the Nailou Women’s Club. The village, Nailou, sits in the district of Tunuloa in the province of Cakaudrove and has no road access so villagers depend on boats or treks through the forest. But despite this, the group has worked wonders...

16th October

People: ‘God answered my prayer’

JOSESE Rea was once a big-time businessman along the Natewa and Tunuloa coast in the 1990s having owned four vehicles, a retail and wholesale business and a fishing business. But these all started after a spiritual decision to fast for three months because his late wife who died last year couldn’t conceive. he 75-year-old who...

15th October

People: Joey the hairdresser

Professional hairdresser Jonetani Mulase is dedicated to perfecting his craft. Commonly known as Joey by his clients and friends, the young hairstylist is a on a journey to establish himself as a hairdresser. “From a very young age I was always interested in styling people’s hair,” he said. “I would style my sister and my...

14th October

Ramataka’s yaqona experience – A lucrative business in the highlands

Serupepeli Ramataka is a yaqona farmer from Waisere in the Naitasiri province. The 46-year-old father of two has been a farmer since the early ’90s. In Naitasiri, villagers know that those from the highlands of Wainimala are well-known for planting yaqona. Ramataka said he attended Kasavu Primary School student and after completing Class 8 in...

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