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From Challenges to Triumph: The Inspiring Journey of Sonia and Rasoi Restaurant

Meet Sonia Lata Chand, a seasoned professional with over 24 years of success in the hospitality and food industry. She owns Rasoi Restaurant located at Gurbachan Singh Mall in Labasa Town.

Specializing in Chinese and Indian cuisine, the restaurant also delights patrons with various cakes and pastries.

No one believed Sonia’s business would thrive when she initially began with only four staff, facing the challenge of repaying loans. Despite the odds, Sonia now leads a committed team of 16 staff members, guaranteeing exceptional service.

“Along my 24 years of journey in the hospitality and good industry, I experienced a lot of challenges such as being forced to change the location of the restaurant and then paying a lot of money to start the business again. I continued even if it meant starting from scratch,” she said.

Sonia expressed great satisfaction in life, stating that through her journey, she has employed alot people who have either started their own businesses, migrated, or become successful housewives cooking delicious meals.

Sonia credits her cooking skills to her late mother. She emphasizes the importance of balancing responsibilities toward her father and children for her success. Managing the restaurant’s demanding schedule seven days a week, she openly recognizes the challenges of meeting customer expectations, especially during festive seasons. Sonia expresses gratitude for the unwavering support of both her friends and staff.

Sonia is a recipient of the Business Link Pacific (BLP) Business Support Grant. She received a grant of $14,000. Sonia will soon be opening her second branch in Damodar City in Labasa, and she will use the grant money to purchase three food warmers, a high-pressure stove, and purchase groceries in stock.

BLP/BAF also assisted Sonia in preparing the financial statements for her business for the years 2021 and 2022. The financial statements were prepared by one of the BAF/BLP Business Advisory Service Providers, HLB Mann Judd.

“I wish to continue this venture and serve my customers, and I am thankful to BLP/BAF for their assistance,” she said.

She encouraged MSMEs to visit the BAF office if they require any assistance or guidance regarding their business.

You can visit the BAF office:

Central Division: Ground Floor, Vanua Arcade, Vanua House, Victoria Parade, Suva

Contact: (679) 9981933

 Email: fiji@businesslinkpacific.com

Western Division: 5 Tavewa Ave, Ministry of Trade, Co-operatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, Rogorogoivuda House, Lautoka (Opposite RB Patel and above Immigration Office – 2nd Floor).

Contact: 9985292

Email: baf.western@gmail.com

Northern Division: MSME office in Macuata House, Labasa.

Contact: (679) 9985291

Email: bafnorth@gmail.com

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