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In a woman’s world

Gone are the days when makeup and makeup artists were part of a woman’s world. Today, social media has enhanced the emergence of international male beauty influencers like Bretman Rock and Manny Gutierrez who have pushed the boundaries and made makeup more gender-inclusive. Take local makeup artist Shanil Kumar for instance. He is one of...

Sabran the love guru

Shay Sabran could easily be called the ‘love guru’. This after he successfully developed and launched a dating website for Fijians and foreigners. Since the launching of urolevu.com on November 12, the website has gotten more than 2000 daily impressions and exceded 7000 users within a week. A marketing video for the website got more...

When death opens doors

The end of all things is death. It comes in many ways to human beings, and in the end brings grief, sorrow and a longing for loved ones who have passed. However, death also brings new life and purpose, opening doors and windows of opportunities. Death visited 65-year-old Rohini Kumar’s door 17 years ago when...

Vini’s new beginning

Retirement is not the end of someone’s life story. It is simply the beginning. This is true for former event planner, Viniana Mole Vakatoto. After working in the hotel industry for 16 years, she considered going on early retirement in 2020. But destiny had a mind of its own. She was approached to look after...

The power of purpose – Hard work pays off for Wati

When it comes to eking out an honest living, age is just a number. Ask Suva market vendor, Jai Wati, and she will agree. The 73-year-old vendor first got acquainted with market life when she was just three years old. “My grandfather and father would take me to the market where they sold vegetables,” Ms...

A calling to help people

For more than five years, Sereana Buli has pushed the boundaries for women in Fiji’s health care community. She currently works as a community health worker stationed at the Lomaivuna Health Centre in Naitasiri. Ms Buli says from a young age, she was always passionate about helping people. “I have been working as a health...

Kajaal’s floral lifeline

During the pandemic, many lost their jobs and stayed home. For one family, pot plants were its lifeline. It was through Rashim Kajaal’s hobby-turned-business that her family survived the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaajal is a 44-year-old woman who sells a variety of pot plants at the seawall outside the Suva Civic Center. It all started as...

Nanay’s Filipino delights

Adjusting to life in a foreign country can be challenging. One has to contend with the new way of life, language barriers, friends and the absence of personal support. Adapting and integrating can take time. But for some, the transition can bring new possibilities. Meet Arsenia Villaruel, a 75-year-old Filipino woman who is a familiar...

Health is wealth – More than 20 years in the business

It is shocking that preventable Non-Communicable Diseases account for 84 per cent of all deaths in Fiji. On top of that, every eight hours someone’s limb is amputated due to diabetes in Fiji. Health advocates are telling us ‘wellness’ should be lived and practised by every Fijian before the alarming trend can be reversed. Joshila...

Mele’s fight with cancer

For many people, the will to survive serves as a strong source of motivation when faced with a personal misfortune. This is true for breast cancer survivor Mele Koroi, 50, who hails from the village of Mavana, Vanuabalavu, in the Lau group. Ms Koroi’s encounter with the disease began in 2012 when she first spotted...

Living someone else’s dream – Adi Reki perseveres through the odds

Not achieving one’s dream does not mean that succeeding is unattainable. With determination and commitment, success is possible. This was the attitude that led 26-year-old Adi Reki Mua Vivi from Navolau 2 in Rakiraki, Ra to complete her degree. Adi Reki said she would pinch her herself because it was hard for her to believe...

The proposal planner

A marriage proposal, replete with pristine natural settings and unforgettable moments, is the kind of romantic events Fiji is known to offer. But planning that intimate proposal, or re-affirming the marriage vow and wedding, even in paradise, could require months of meticulous planning and preparation. This is where small support businesses such as “Posh Picnic”,...

A step foward on one leg

Losing a limb to diabetes in 2020 did not discourage Peni Koto from making an honest living as a market vendor. Originally from Vanuabalavu in Lau, he spent almost all his teenage years in the village. However, he relocated to Suva in the 1970s and later found employment as a chef on an interisland passenger...

A woman in a man’s shoes

Women are slowly venturing into sectors that have been largely dominated by males for many years. From business to aviation and even in the agriculture and livestock industries – women are arving out a name for themselves. In fact, the 2020 Fiji Agricultural Census revealed that at least 46.8 per cent or 88,034 of the...

Taginadavui recalls battle with cancer

Beauty is not about having two beautiful breasts. Instead, the attraction should be about who you are within. Surviving cancer for 22 years has brought Mereoni Taginadavui to finally realise that. It was during one of her trips to America that she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Originally from Narai in Lomaitviti, the...

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