Florist Vani will celebrate Mother’s Day with the family

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For the past 20 years, running a flower business to support her children’s educational needs is something Vani Ralolokula has excelled in.


Vani Ralolokula setting up her potted plants in Suva on May 5, 2022. Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

For the past 20 years, running a flower business to support her children’s educational needs is something Vani Ralolokula has excelled in.

Originally from Vugalei in Tailevu province, the 59-year-old sells flowers to support her family.

She said the flower business helped pay for her children’s school fees and office supplies when education was not free.

“I would sell flowers by the roadside in the village and earn between $60 and $170 a week depending on the orders placed,” she said.

“Being a mother of seven, it was my job to provide for them and selling flowers was the best way for me.”

Ms. Ralolokula learned how to run a flower business through Ever green flower growing in Tailevu.

She said one of the senior pastor’s wives would encourage women to get into the flower business.

“That’s when I started getting interested in planting flowers to sell by the roadside,” she said.

The income from the sale of flowers had helped her to set up a bakery in the village.

However, after the machine broke down, the spare part to repair the machine was not available locally.

“So I had to quit the bakery business and continue with the flower business.”

Ms Ralolokula is a grandmother to 20 grandchildren whom she plans to celebrate on Mother’s Day.

She will visit her 80-year-old mother in Namadi Heights to celebrate Mother’s Day.

“This may be the last Mother’s Day I’ll spend with my mum, so I’m going to spend the day with her and thank her for everything she’s done for me over the years.

“I will cook my mother’s favorite dish and we will celebrate together.”

Ms. Ralolokula is the second eldest of seven siblings.

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