Family makes it through on fresh coconuts

Ashnil Chand with his wife Vikashni Naidu received food assistance from Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) at their home in Lomolomo Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

A Lomolomo family survived on fresh coconuts for one week because they could not afford to buy groceries.

Vikashni Naidu said her husband used to do general maintenance jobs in Nadi and could not travel to work when the lockdown was announced recently.

“We have been feeding ourselves with fresh coconuts because we simply have nothing left,” she said.

“We finished the last of our groceries my husband bought before the lockdown and we could not afford to buy any more because he was off work.

“We were lucky that we had coconut trees around our home and we have depended entirely on them this past week.”

The mother of two said she was grateful to the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) Fiji for coming to their rescue and supplying them with basic food items.

Ms Naidu said their neighbour also provided them with freshly-baked pies and pastries which fed them for a few days.

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