2018-2019 National Budget: Broom seller hopes budget will help provide jobs for youths

Ilaitia Naivalu selling sasa along Jerusalem road in Nabua yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

WHILE most boys would come after school and have a small game of rugby, it was a different story for a Suva teenager.

Ilaitia Nailuva, 19, says he has been helping his parents sell sasa brooms since he was 10 years old.

And according to him, it has not been an easy task finding the energy after school to look for a spot and earn cash for his family of nine. With the 2018/2019 National Budget announcement this evening, Ilaitia hopes to see more job opportunities for youths.

“I was about 10 years old when I started selling sasa brooms with my family,” he said.

“With the time that I had after school, I used to help my family sell sasa brooms. “I come at least four times in a week to sell. “I hope there will be more opportunities for youths after this budget announcement.”

He said a close uncle of his was responsible for cutting the coconut leaves while he was in charge of making the broom. Ilaitia said there were days when he was lucky enough to sell a lot of brooms and earn extra cash for the family.

“I earn about $120 in a day if there are plenty sasa brooms,” he added.