The Fiji Times »Go Live – Maggie’s Growing Retail Business

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Maggie Savu is a real superwoman when it comes to meeting the needs of mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an age when pregnant women struggle to find and buy affordable clothes for their newborn baby in Suva, Maggie’s online business offers mothers an alternative.

The 33-year-old businesswoman from Waciwaci Village in Lakeba, Lau started her business in 2019.

She is also proud of her maternal ties to the village of Toga in Rewa.

Maggie has had to make tough decisions during these tough times to keep her business going and is up to the challenge.

Growing up in Nakasi with her nine siblings, Maggie was very young focused on business, helping her mother sell homemade jams and snacks at school.

Juggling law and politics while raising her three children, Maggie also teaches Sunday School at Nakasi CMFI Church and is a social worker for Bula Broads Fiji. She says she enjoys helping vulnerable communities.

Doing business online, she says, is fast and efficient.

Her business is called Little Mayliah’s Collection, named after her three-year-old daughter.

“I started the business after returning from Melbourne, Australia. I saw the fast pace of online business and it made it easier and very convenient, ”she said.

Used to doing business at a young age, she said she was grateful to her in-laws for helping her start her small business.

“My in-laws are the ones who helped me start my business. They manage and supply me with A-grade and second-hand clothes in Fiji. Racer All Rounder clothing is my supplier.

“I started doing business with close friends and families, but when the pandemic hit I told myself I had to venture out.

“I managed to sell in the villages up to Levuka in Ovalau and go door to door at the Suva flea market.

“I focus on mothers who need clothes for their babies or toddlers, especially mothers who don’t have time to go out. I also have clients from distant islands as far as Lau and Vanua Levu.

“This pandemic has boosted my business. Customers order online and I deliver or they pick up at my home.

“However, the foreclosure affected business a bit. I can’t wait for things to normalize so I can start serving those in remote areas again.

“I get requests and orders in advance and realize online that it is more convenient and easier to work with mothers and those on the outer islands.”

She says she always takes the opportunity to sell, even when she attends conferences.

“Doing business is not an easy race, you have to step forward and challenge yourself, keeping in mind that you are doing it for the survival of your family.”

The upload was also due to her best friend Chrissy, who runs ThriftSupplyFj.

“Chrissy is a supportive friend and we often shared business ideas.”

Maggie’s online thrift store offers its customers affordable clothing to meet Fiji’s current standard of living. She sells clothes for children up to 14 years old, including shoes and other accessories.

“Customer reviews are quite overwhelming because the items are cheap and accessible. I work from home and mainly take payments via internet banking, MPaisa and Digicel money transfer.

His advice to Fijians is never to doubt and keep in mind that life is too short to learn everything.


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