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Successful businesswoman shares secrets

Fastkill Pest Control Service dirctor, Asita Chand

Fiji Sun


Asita Chand is an inspiration to women aspiring to run their own business.
She is also an example of how there is today no limit to what type of business, Mrs Chand manages her own pest control business.

Fastkil Pest Control Services is a 100 per cent locally owned company, established in Suva in 1999 by husband and wife Vinay and Asita Chand.
Mrs Chand, the company director, believes she was the first woman in Fiji to obtain an Australian Pest control licence.

How did it all begin?
She attended Sigatoka Methodist Primary and Secondary schools and later acquired her qualification for a Diploma in Information Technology from what is now the Fiji National University.
Starting her career as an admininistration officer, Mrs Chand then moved on to being a sales manager.
Early on she said she never considered running her own company let alone in the pest control and health care industry.

“I came up with the idea after getting married because my husband, Vinay, was a pest control technician back then, and like they say that behind every successful man there is a woman.

“I started my research by browsing on the internet and reading my husband’s pest control course books.
“The subject became very interesting as I leaned more and I became determined to start up my own business with my husband’s help of course,” Mrs Chand said.
She then went on to complete her Certificate in Urban Pest Management from Australia and has been in the industry for the past 14 years.

Running a business or company is no easy task and some of her duties include:
lMonitoring pest control and hygiene care.

lDoing the job herself so you will find her visiting sites with the technicians. Sometimes when some clients require night spraying, she personally goes with the technicians to the site.

lBeing also heavily involved in management decision making and also in the general administration work.
l Handling the clients together with the purchasing side.

Starting the company with only two employees, she strives to provide economic solutions to pest control and health care services for all types of clients like commercial, residential and even industrial clients.
The company now has a total of 10 staff and has gained recognition and success through their application of well engineered and technology innovative solutions.

With both the directors being highly qualified people, Mr Chand attained his qualification in Urban Pest Management from New Zealand; it is no surprise that they make a good team.

“Fastkil Pest Control Services is the first local Fijian-owned company which is certified in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) from Australia in pest control and bathroom services in the South Pacific.
“We are also certified transitional pesticide handlers as well and carry out pest control in food handling and manufacturing premises,” said Mr Chand.

So what has Mrs Chand and her team has planned for the year 2012?
“We want to introduce the latest technology in pest control and hygiene care which are safe, sound and above all user and environmental friendly.

“Many times when we visit sites, we see that there are old people, small children and sickly people there.
“We want to introduce such things where the chemicals we use are safe and are cheaper for all people to use (environmentally friendly),” Mrs Chand said.

Mrs Chand has faced a lot of obstacles in her line of work but her advice to aspiring business women is simple but effective.

She is a family-oriented person and has always managed to balance her hectic job with her responsibilities as a wife.

“Never lose hope! With any job you come across; whether it is big or small, treat it with equal importance.
“The key is to always work together with your colleagues or in my case staff and my husband, who is the inspiration behind my success,” Mrs Chand said.

She said she is living testament that women can run their own businesses and be successful, no matter what the industry.