INIA Lomani and Rajnil Shyamal are two hard-working youths who consider themselves "risk takers".
The young men met during a two-week training session where they were taught to make crafts out of their surroundings, particularly coconut shells. The training was hosted by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise N Development (FRIEND).
Mr Lomani "took a chance" by putting his schooling on hold to go through with this brief training and has never regretted making that decision.
"I met Rajnil and so many others and then soon after that FRIEND offered us jobs at their office in Lautoka," he said.
Mr Shyamal has a hearing impairment and is unable to speak. He, however, through an interpreter, said he found a sense of empowerment with his new job.
"Now that we work with FRIEND, we are given the opportunity to teach people what we learnt ourselves and we earn our living from this," Mr Shyamal signed.
Adding to what his friend said, Mr Lomani said they were both working on their passion.
"Knowing that we love our work and we are constantly helping our less fortunate communities through selling our crafts and buying raw materials from them is a good feeling," he said.
Both men work in the crafts section of FRIEND as assistant craftsmen.