Women

53-yr-old woman quits begging and starts a new life

A new opportunity has been created for 53-year-old Sarab Sati to improve her livelihood which has been made possible through the assistance provided by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Ms. Sati of Shalirmar Street, Nabua who once used to beg on the streets of Suva, now operates a small business to sustain […]

DEPTFO

May 14, 2016 3:23 pm

A new opportunity has been created for 53-year-old Sarab Sati to improve her livelihood which has been made possible through the assistance provided by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Ms Sarab Sati of Shalirmar Street, Nabua who has been assisted with the bean cart project as a form of income generating for her family. (DEPFTO)
Ms Sarab Sati of Shalirmar Street, Nabua who has been assisted with the bean cart project as a form of income generating for her family. (DEPFTO)

Ms. Sati of Shalirmar Street, Nabua who once used to beg on the streets of Suva, now operates a small business to sustain her livelihood. The Ministry through its Operation Loloma had found Sati begging along the streets of Suva in February this year.

Upon further counselling and mentoring, the Ministry assisted Ms Sati by providing a bean cart through which she is able to sell Indian sweets and snacks. It’s been over three weeks now, Sati has been operating this business from the Department of Social Welfare headquarters in Suva.

This new start has given Ms. Sati the confidence to work hard and support her family.

SATI: “I used to work as a house girl at Toorak, Suva for a few months till late last year when my employer went abroad and I became unemployed. My husband is 70 years old, so he can’t work and my son is a casual labourer. Thus, we had some financial difficulties.”

SATI: “That is when I had turned to the streets for begging. I used to sit near the streets in Toorak (Suva) at least once a week. I was able to collect around $10 to $15 per day. I cannot forget those days when I had to sit in the hot sun begging for money. But one day, the Ministry of Women officials found me and it is them who have helped me to change for better.”

SATI: “Ministry of Women officials found me and it is them who have helped me to change for better.”

Ms. Sati has realized that through hard work and commitment, nothing is impossible.

SATI: “Begging is not the solution, rather it only makes us more dependent and vulnerable. People need to understand that instead of begging, they can invest their time into starting their own businesses. There is assistance available, people just need to be aware and we are so fortunate that we have a ministry that goes out of its way to assist the needy.”

(on right) Ms Sarab Sati while attending to a customer. (DEPFTO)
(on right) Ms Sarab Sati while attending to a customer. (DEPFTO)

SATI: “I am thankful to the Ministry of Women for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity. Through this bean cart, I am able to earn more than $120 a week. This is a start and I hope to expand this business later so that I can save some money to build a house of our own; because the place we currently live in is an informal settlement.

SATI: “I know it’s going to take a lot of time to build our family home but I have to try, and I believe that I have taken a step forward towards fulfilling my dream.”

The Ministry’s Operation Loloma team has to-date assisted five families through such income generating projects that empowers them to overcome poverty.

The team aims to transform the lives of those who are found in street begging by equipping them with skills training and employment opportunities.

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