LEARNING to come out of his comfort zone was something that 20-year-old Telea Tagilala had to learn to do when undergoing a basic tailoring course at the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) this month.
Mr Tagilala, who is a slow learner, does not see his disability as a problem that will hinder him from trying his best in setting up a small business from his tailoring skill.
He was the only male participant out of the 23 who graduated from the basic tailoring course at the FNCDP on Friday.
He said being the only male participant was bit of a challenge for him at first but he later learned to overcome his fears and learned everything that was being taught on tailoring.
"I learned to sew shirts, a sulu and clothes for children during the three-month training and family support was always there for me," Mr Tagilala said.
"I hope to use my skill better by starting a business in the future, so I hope to get a sewing machine that I can use to start the business."
Sainimili Tuakalau, who lives with a disability, said she was happy to be part of the training course where she learned a lot from the trainer on how to sew dresses and other items.
The 23 participants who graduated from the course were single mothers, women living with disabilities and women's groups that received sewing machines from the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation.