Loving what she does

Ishwari Naidu inside her 'Nadro Princess' carrier at Sigatoka Town. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Ishwari Naidu inside her 'Nadro Princess' carrier at Sigatoka Town. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE daily struggles of the people of Kavanagasau on Sigatoka valley to access better transportation prompted Ishwari Naidu to start up her own carrier business 10-years-ago.

This has been a decision she never regretted, held the opportunity with both hands, believing that this business would not only bring income to her family but assist fellow residents in accessing transport daily.

And it has been a daily routine she has fallen in love with for the past 10 years.

Ishwari’s day begins at around 5am when she ensures that everything is ready for her husband and family before she begins her journey on her licensed carrier named ‘Nadro Princess’.

“My son-in-law was the one who encouraged me to start up this business and from then on I have never regretted a moment of it because this is what I love doing, helping people,” an outspoken Ishwari said.

“Many people may see driving a carrier as a man’s job but I love it because I can do what other male drivers can do.

“My day as a driver begins at 8am and ends at 6pm and sometimes I take night jobs as well when people call especially those in Kavanagasau where transportation is always a problem.”

While her husband spends his entire day on his farm goat and cattle farm, Ishwari is out with her Nadro Princess carrier providing transport to the greater Nadroga area and sometimes goes as far as Nadi, Lautoka and even Suva.

It is the job that has been part and parcel of her life from when she started 10 years ago until today and is one she has never regretted because she loves to assist fellow residents from Kavanagasau who have been hindered by transport problem for ages.

And the amazing piece about her family, though, is that all her three children are university graduates with her two daughters being teachers while her only son an IT expert.

But this does not stop her and her husband from cultivating the land and doing their other normal businesses as they would not want to bother their children with their daily living’s expenses.

Ishwari is 59-years-old and believes that age is not a barrier when it comes to driving as long as there is a will to keep on pushing daily.

Her advice though to women who may think that such an occupation is for their female counterparts only is “We females can do anything and everything, always make sure you have a strong will to do it and believe in yourself that you can conquer everything in life.”

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