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Physical disability does not hinder a grower’s effort to earn income for his family

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,24/07/2018


A father of five from Pelehake has proved that even with disabilities people can still work from their plantation to earn income for their families.


The 60 year old grower – Mapa ‘Uhila faces many challenges due to disability but that does not stop him from exploring opportunities for his family.


‘Uhila lost his right hand due to an accident in 1986 in New Zealand.


He has been in overseas countries for a while and he returned home to grow butterkin, butternut and squash plantation.


‘Uhila encouraged the locals to make good use of their tax allotments for plantation to gain more income for their families.


He successfully exported his squash produce in collaboration with the Nishi Trading and Tonga Development Bank.


‘Uhila’s produce will be harvested next week for exportation next month.


Mapa ‘Uhila’s son is the renowned rugby union player – Loni ‘Uhila.

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