Suria Kanta of Lauwaki, Lautoka, has decided to assist those in need of clothing, by using her talent in sewing
The 58-year-old has been busy sewing aprons, dresses, and pants for the Lautoka Golden Age Home and decided to offer her skills on the Facebook page Barter for Better Fiji.
“I have more than a thousand people asking me to sew, but they said they needed to get their material so I told them that if they don’t have the money, they can come because I am not a demanding person,” she said.
“I got material here delivered by the Golden Age Home so with one roll I’ve already made 38 three quarter pants for the males and they brought another roll of material to sew another 38 pants.”
She said she had sewn and distributed 500 facemasks to corporate organizations and the Home.
“I am waiting to sew long pants from denim material for the women during this cold weather.” She said this had been her kind of outlook on life since she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the early nineties.
“I had an operation in 1993 and was told I had third stage ovarian cancer so I came back home and my family told me to get chemotherapy, but I said I just believe in God,” she said.
“I still have pain and at times I do get a fever and get infected fast, but If I have to die I just want to die peacefully the way I am beautiful, I don’t want to lose my hair and I don’t want to be miserable.”
Ms. Kanta said her sister residing in Canada supported her financially.
“I am widowed now but my two children are married so having this gives me joy because the only reward is seeing smiles on people’s faces,” she said.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce