TRAVELLING to and from Taveuni almost every week and leaving her four children behind to attend classes at the Labasa USP campus did not deter Losalini Matavesi's spirit of achieving her dream.
The sacrifice finally paid off when Ms Matavesi graduated with a Professional Diploma in Business Leadership at the Labasa Civic Centre on Friday.
An emotional Ms Matavesi was embraced by her children who showed up at the graduation ceremony to congratulate her.
"My children are the reason behind my success. There were times when I wanted to give up but the thought of providing a better future for them motivated me to carry on," the Taveuni agricultural officer said.
"I have been single-handedly raising them for about a year now and I will continue to further my studies for their future.
"My eldest son, who is now seven-years-old, wants to become a pilot and this is the time for me to work myself out in order to support his higher education financially. This year, I will do my postgraduate certificate studies in human resources and this is all because of my children.
"I am happy about my achievement but I know the road doesn't end here for me, instead I have a long way to go."
Ms Matavesi thanked her family, friends and tutor for helping her through her studies.
"It's not easy to juggle work, studies and my motherly role to my children but it takes perseverance, endurance and sacrifice to get the job done.
"For me, this is a beginning of a successful journey and I am happy that my children are with me to enjoy this ride.
"Nothing is difficult and I thank God for His guidance and protection upon my family."