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Plans to extend family business

Luisa Qiolevu
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

AT 23 years of age Saif Khan of Solove in Wailevu is now running their family business at the busy Labasa market.

Mr Khan has been running their tobacco or Fijian suki business after his father Shameem Khan died last year.

"This business has been in operation ever since my great-grandparents were still alive," he said.

Mr Khan said he grew up knowing about the business.

"This used to be my pastime work when I was young," he said.

"I would usually stop by to help my grandparents sell tobacco (suki)."

Mr Khan said he did not know that he would one day be the one operating the business.

"I have other dreams in mind but since I am the sole breadwinner in our family, I have no choice but to operate this business as it's been here since my great-grandparent's time," he said.

"I am now taking care of this business and also taking care of my mother and my younger sister."

Mr Khan plans to extend his business by buying a new taxi.

"Buying a taxi is my other plan and right now, I am doing all this for my sister and my mother," he said.

"I want to support my sister's education especially now that she's at high school level; I need to work even harder to support her."

Mr Khan said the suki pack costs $1, suki leaves $2 and the cost of rolls of suki per kg depends on its quality.

"We don't have a suki farm so all our suppliers come in from Sigatoka valley and some from here in Naleba areas in Labasa."

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