BY JOY OFASIA
THE impact of the COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has had a positive and negative impact on the majority of businesses in the Solomon Islands. While the country has yet to confirm a case of the virus, there are many consequences already being felt in a number of different businesses.
From small business owners to companies, many businesses around the country are suffering right now and the challenges may be even more overwhelming if the trend of the pandemic continues to make impact on an unprecedented level.
Business woman and owner of L.S Pattern Drafting & Sewing, Loviness Hoala Sifoni continues to defy all odds to explain how she managed to be optimistic despite the services her business provides had been hit-hard due to the pandemic.
L.S Pattern Drafting & Sewing business space is located at the Anthony Saru building at Point Cruz in Honiara.
“My business has involved in sewing of all kinds of garments and I also provide basic (drafting and sewing) skills trainings for beginners on how to cut patterns and sew edges on garments, however, due to the covid19 situation one of the impacts to this business was not able to provide trainings for locals interested in the basic trades of drafting & sewing,” the business woman from Western Province described.
Loviness explained that during such times, “my only ‘special customers’ [whom she refers to] are the ones who visited my shop to make orders and purchase my garments. Every day we received less customers to the shop,” she added. “Despite the situation, I fought very hard trying to keep this little business going by continuing to sew more garments, because we need the money and also to pay for the rent to keep the business going.”
Before going into her business, Loviness, a former public servant has worked with the Solomon Islands government’s Ministry of Lands but eventually decided to get an early retirement in 2007. After her retirement on that particular year, she decided to join a sewing school to prepare herself before establishing her business.
Loviness saw that there is a big need to teach locals with the knowledge and skills of pattern drafting and sewing in our developing textile and fashion industry in the country, so that they could engage themselves.
“I would like to encourage other entrepreneurs out there who have also faced impacts of the COVID-19 to never give up, but must try their best to find ways to hold on to what they are engaged in, because this is how we can strive and move on to help ourselves in such difficult economic times,” she encouraged.