When the COVID pandemic began to have an effect on the resort trade in Fiji, Alisi Koroveibau made a daring choice to adapt to this unanticipated problem. She got here up with a plan to grow to be an entrepreneur and be a part of the Academy for Girls Entrepreneurs (AWE) after shedding her job at one of many motels, and being unable to affix her associate abroad.
“I needed to do one thing that might permit me to provide again to my neighborhood and add happiness to peoples’ lives. I approached a church-based major college out from Lokia touchdown in Nausori the place the one technique of transport was by boat. I needed to promote high quality, wholesome meals for the kids at their college canteen.”
Although Alisi acquired an approval from the college to promote meals, she knew unlocking the important thing to success and beginning up a enterprise wouldn’t be easy. Alisi’s problem was that the college didn’t have a kitchen the place she may put together meals. It will price her $1,000 to renovate a spare room right into a canteen. Though she didn’t have enough money such an expenditure, Alisi stood agency in her path.
“I’ve come to be taught that inspirations share related struggles and to by no means quit when issues don’t flip in your favor within the first occasion,” mentioned Alisi. “For me, success is when I’m thrown right into a difficult scenario and I discover myself having the liberty to decide on how I could be completely different to beat the scenario.”
“AWE workshops have been an incredible eye-opener which constructed my self esteem within the work that I do to take care of my enterprise and serving to me perceive gross sales and advertising very properly. I believe AWE has taught me to deal with my enterprise with precedence if I anticipate others to do the identical.”
After receiving some useful recommendation from her household, Alisi is now into doing door to door gross sales of her very personal custom-made savories which she sells rapidly and is seeing a rising demand. Alisi anticipates by the subsequent college yr, she may have collected sufficient funds to renovate the college kitchen and be prepared to start out her dream enterprise.
“I need to encourage different ladies entrepreneurs to embrace their concepts and discover their private model of happiness quite than ready for others thought of success. Though it takes cash to generate profits, I hope by sharing my story, I can encourage others that there’s at all times a blessing in disguise, so keep motivated to following your dream in turning into a profitable entrepreneur.”