Elise NgatiFounder of Nahvoa
"I am a wife, mother of 4 children under 4 and a Pharmacy School student. I also work full time and during my free time, I keep myself busy working on improving my business. Being a small business owner, I am able to make my own work schedule that can fit into my busy lifestyle. I have also been opportune to interact with people from different works of life and enjoy the fact that every day comes with new challenges."— Elise Ngati, founder of Nahvoa View Website
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