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Baking for a living

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 02, 2013

LUISA Navoci runs a thriving pastry business that has put her children through school and provide financial support for her family.

"I bake mostly for birthdays and weddings. I love to bake and my business just started from there," she said.

Mrs Navoci said the home-based business was providing the basic needs of her family.

"My children's education is very important and from the money I earn, I've put them through school."

She started off small, selling roti parcels at the Nadi market.

She said the idea to start the business came about when her husband's farm was destroyed during last year's floods.

"We lost a lot in the two floods. All of our crops and vegetables that we depended on were completely destroyed."

Ms Navoci's efforts were also made possible through the assistance of Empower Pacific.

"I took a loan from them through their income-generating project and was able to buy a gas stove.

"Now with the stove I am able to cater for the people who come to me for pastries."