23rd September

The dropout who never gave up

Ilisoni Simmons did not have any academic credential that would get him a white collar job. The only real opportunity available to the high school dropout was to start his own business. And he did...

22nd September

From Harvard to cattle ranch

Harvard University graduate, Laisa Bale, took heed of her father’s advice to stay close to the land no matter how far across the oceans her white-collar job took her. A third generation cattle rancher, she is now pursuing her Certificate in Commercial Agriculture (Level 3) at the Fiji National University’s Naduna campus in Labasa. FNU’s...

21st September

People | Nurturing hope at home

Providing hope and a fresh start in life may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for Elena Likuderebula, it is a role she has slipped into with effortless ease. As a young woman who went through numerous hardships to get to where she is today, she focused on forging a path forward by aiding...

20th September

Raising the bar

Balancing academic pursuits and dreams can be challenging but it is definitely possible. That statement has motivated Salacieli Koroi, a young Fijian who shared his inspiring story of perseverance, personal growth, and the pursuit of his dreams with this newspaper. “I dedicate everything I do to my mother,” he said. “Everything she has done has...

19th September

The road to reward

Isaia Batiratu’s humble upbringing may have been a challenge but it paved the way to a rewarding career. During his laid-back childhood days, Mr Batiratu had to endure struggles to guarantee his placement at the then Lautoka Teachers College in Lautoka. Becoming an educator was a job he had yearned for ever since his primary...

18th September

People | Parcels of success … Maharaj thankful business doing well

He lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic and returned home a troubled man. How he was going to support his family in Dreketi, Macuata troubled his thoughts. Worried about this family’s future, Dharmendra Maharaj decided to start a small food business. Since that day, he has never regretted his decision to do something on...