Life’s hard, just work harder

FROM a young age, Krishneel Naicker’s life has been riddled with struggles, among them two prominent ones.

After losing his father when he was only nine months old, his mother struggled to bring him up and put him through school. Last year he lost his mother to breast cancer.

Describing the losses in his life as “tough”, Mr Naicker — who suffers from eye and limb problems — says he did not let this break him.

Instead, his desire to do well and support himself intensified after his mother’s passing. With help from the Ministry of Youth and Sport, he now operates his own kava selling business in Ba.

“This is something that was new to me and I have enjoyed my time as a young entrepreneur,” the 25-year-old says.

On Monday, Mr Naicker was one of the participants during the National Human Rights Commission Dialogue in Lautoka.

He said being a youth with disabilities definitely had its challenges.

“It has been hard but I haven’t given up. I am glad to have gotten assistance from the Youth Ministry because they gave me $2000 to start this business.

“Before I became an entrepreneur, I was the president for a number of youth clubs, including the Ba HART youth club and I have completed a Bachelor in Information Systems at the Fiji National University.

“This year my attachment with the Social Welfare came to an end so that was when I wanted to do something different.”

The Navoli, Ba, resident says he gets his supply of waka (kava roots) from Nadroga, which was supplied to his stall at the Ba Market from the Youth Ministry.

“They wanted to see how I would do as a small-time seller and the business has been good. If this goes well, I want to expand my business.

“Presently I am selling about four to five kilograms of waka but I want to expand it to 20 to 30 kilograms. I earn about $500 weekly and I hope this grows as my business expands.”

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