Meet Carolyn Mabon, a 35-year-old woman from Pentecost, who turned her setback into success during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Married to a man from Epi and a mother of three, Mrs. Mabon found herself without a job when she lost her position as a chef at Jill’s Café due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020.

But she didn’t let this stop her.

Drawing from her 11 years of experience at Jill’s Café and her hospitality training at the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) in 2008, Mabon decided to start her own cooking stall at the Port Vila Municipal Market house.

“I love being my own boss and managing my own business,” she shared.

However, Mrs. Mabon acknowledged the challenges of managing a small business, especially when it comes to budgeting and financial management.

“When we’re employed by someone else, we often overlook the importance of managing our income. However, when you’re running your own business, it becomes crucial to handle your finances wisely to ensure you can cover your expenses,” she added.

Her advice to young women is to strive for independence and financial autonomy.

She encourages them to take advantage of opportunities for learning and gaining experience.

“Seize every opportunity, attend trainings and courses,” she advises. “This will help you gain knowledge and experience, which will help you in the future.”

Mrs. Mabon’s journey is a testament to resilience and determination, proving that with hard work and perseverance, one can turn obstacles into opportunities for growth and success.