She Never gave up on her dreams.
This was the comment made by Keshvi Sukul, who took home the Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Women in Business event on Friday night at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
Ms Sukul is the managing director of Health Plus, a diagnostic centre based in Nakasi.
The 30-year-old native of Sigatoka gave credit to her husband, mother-in-law and family for allowing her to pursue her dreams.
Not holding back her tears of joy Ms Sukul said her husband urged her to go ahead because it would be beneficial for the family in the long run.
“He had told me that it is more important because it will give me and our family a better future in life,” she said.
“I was really fortunate to have my husband and family by my side.
“They supported me to continue with my studies and to achieve my dream.
“I dedicate this win to my mother-in-law who is looking after my two children at home as I stand before you all to receive the award.
“She has been a great source of strength because she is more than a friend to me.
“A few years back, I attended a pageant and did not receive an award.
“I also applied for a senior role in one of the renowned businesses around but did not get the offer.
“I never gave up on my dreams and this is the first time for my work to be recognised, thank you Westpac for recognising my work,” she said.
She said the recognition means so much to her and her staff.
“I am so happy for the win because I was not expecting to receive an award tonight.
“This is my first win and I am over the moon.
“This win is also dedicated to the hardworking staff of Health Plus,” Ms Sukul said.
Dressed in black
Meanwhile the awards night was a sea of black as guests and nominees and winners expressed their support for the ‘Time’s Up!’ initiative against gender inequalities, sexism and sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Women In Business president Nur Bano Ali said the struggle for business women to break even and for women in general to be respected and be treated as equal, to rise through the ranks and be acknowledged in male dominated workplaces must end, ‘Time’s Up’.
“We have joined the global movement aiming to call out the unequal opportunites for women and sexual harassment in various industries and beyond, issuing a call to action under the theme ‘Time’s Up’,” Ms Ali said.