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Kaliova And His Sweet Mangoes

Kaliova And His Sweet Mangoes
Kaliova Nakaloto serving customer Sereana Vunigasau at his stall in Nadi market. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni
November 04
14:41 2016

It is mango season in the west and Kaliova Naloto is always excited to sell some of his sweet-smelling and juicy mangoes in the market.

The 52-year-old soft spoken man has been selling fresh ripe mangoes at his stall for the last two months.

His day starts at 7 am with the daughter arranging the mangoes and also puts the prices. He goes home when the market closes for the day.

“People have been buying mangoes a lot from my stall, which just inspires me to get some more mangoes to sell,” he said.

Mr Naloto sells different varieties of mangoes at $2.00 a heap and $3 a dozen.

According to Mr Naloto mangoes sell very fast in the afternoon at his stall outside the market.

When asked from where he got his mangoes from he said, “I get my mangoes from home and areas close to my house, and we make sure that the mangoes we bring are fresh and ripe”.

He said they picked mangoes a day before and kept them in a container for the market the next day.

The Naseyani in Ra native is a casual labourer at one of the local shops and when he is not at work or free he comes to the stall with her daughter to sell and get extra money for the family.

Mr Naloto’s daughter helps and sells mango juice at the stall.

What he gets from the market is used for the family.

He encourages anyone who wishes to sell mangoes or other products at the market, to do so whole heartedly.

 

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