The hand that rocks the cradle

Litia Lewasusu of Culanuku, Serua ,with her sewn bedding materials during the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre open day. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

AFTER seeing the amount of money her friends received from their sewing business, Litia Lewasau decided to learn how to sew and make money for her little family.

Her dreams are slowly turning into reality after she graduated with certificates in sewing from the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre.

The 33-year-old single mother of two children said raising her children single-handedly was not an easy feat as it required a lot of money.

She said her previous work as a salesgirl just could not meet their daily financial needs.

“After hearing about my plight my two friends decided to share their knowledge of sewing to me and I just continued to develop the passion of sewing after hearing from them how sewing pays their rent, puts food on the table, sends their children to school and even overseas,” she said.

“Four weeks ago a friend pointed me to the center and suggested that I need to get a certificate in sewing and learn how to better my skills for my newly acquired skill and three weeks later I am here ready to graduate with my certificate.

Mrs Lewasau said waking up at 5am to prepare her children’s lunch for school had finally paid off after she graduated from the centre.

“After getting my children ready for school I then prepare to come to school,” she said.

“It is not an easy feat that I put up with every day just to ensure that my children and I get to school on time.

“With the little knowledge that I have from the classes I hope to make just enough money to put food on the table this Christmas.

“I now turn to my children and teach them that there is no substitute for hard work and dedication.”

Even though her husband has left her, Ms Lewasau, said this was not the end of the world for her and her two children.

“The only hard part of being a single mother is trying to explain to your own children why they do not have fathers like normal families,” she said.

“I always teach my children to be satisfied with what little they have in life reminding them that there are children in the world who do not have parents.

“I believe that in order for us to cope with this life we have to learnt be content with what we have and make the most of everyday living.

“Life is too short to be hating and holding grudges against people because one moment you are here in the now and the other you are gone.”

Ms Lewasau said she was now ready to open her own sewing business and make money to prepare her children for the future.

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