16 November, 2017, 12:00 am
FOUNDED in 2007 by Taiyab Hussein, Natural Gift Carriers Ltd has come a long way from a single truck doing ordinary contracts to opening its own and the North’s first block manufacturing plant worth $1 million.
From a single truck that carried out contracts with government and non-government agencies in the North, the company has extended its fleet of vehicles to include another truck and two diggers.
Company director Sameer Hussein said they had difficulties in growing their business because of the lack of financial backup.
“Yet after this the company struggled to grow because the jobs that were undertaken were mainly sub-contracting from other contractors,” he said.
“Recently my brother and I, as co-directors, inherited the company from our father, Taiyab Hussein.
“In 2013, NGCL signed the sugar and molasses cartage contract for Labasa Fiji Sugar Corporation mill, which was a major breakthrough.
“The company then invested in a service station and supermarket which is located in Qelewaqa along with a sugarcane farm.”
Mr Hussein said in an attempt to extend the business, the co-directors decided to buy a stone crusher in Labasa and include another two crushers.
“After much competition, we decided to purchase a block and brick making plant and extend our venture into the construction industry,” he said.
“This saw the purchase of the plant within 60 days, which was tailor-made from China to accommodate local demands.”