Young Suliana has big dreams

14-year-old Suliana Nateru with her mum Badina Sigarara, right and her tutor Mere Cawani, left. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

AT the age of 14, despite her disability, Suliana Nateru plans to run her own jewellery business from her village in Bua.

She was the youngest graduate at the National Council for Persons with Disabilities in Labasa yesterday, walking away with a Certificate in Jewellery Making.

Suliana, who hails from Vuya Village, is a Year 7 student at the Immaculate Conception Primary School in Solevu and her dreams of becoming successful, she believes, has only started.

“I am very happy because I have made necklaces, earrings and bracelets and selling it to my family members and friends in Bua,” she said.

“Now I will make more and sell to the teachers and government workers in Nabouwalu because they love wearing jewellery.

“I sell a set for $15 which includes a matching necklace, bracelet and earrings and it’s good money.”

Her mum Badina Sigarara described Suliana as a hardworking girl who never gave up on her dreams and desires.

“My daughter is quite slow and she started primary school at the age of six but because of her disability, she remains in primary school now at the age of 14,” she said.

“I always admire my daughter for never giving up and she is never embarrassed about her age and being in year 7.

“Suliana is a hardworking girl and we will support her with her new business and will look for materials for her to make more jewellery and bracelets.”

Ms Sigarara said her daughter was a creative artist and had her own ideas of making jewellery.

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