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No Bathrooms And Toilets For Raiwaqa Market Vendors

No Bathrooms And Toilets For Raiwaqa Market Vendors
From left: Akanisi Navuni, Hellen Rositalei, Arieta Qalo and Salome Nakau at their stall in Raiwaqa Market, Suva on June 13, 2017. Photos: Taraivini Seru
June 16
10:00 2017

The market vendors at Raiwaqa are requesting the Suva City Council for the construction of temporary bathrooms and toilets at where they are selling for them to use.

30-year-old Akanisi Navuni has been selling at the Raiwaqa Temporary Market for four years.

“My parents had been market vendors at Raiwaqa for the last 16 years and I’m just continuing from them,” she said.

She said when they were told to move from the former Raiwaqa Market to a temporary place.

If they want to relieve themselves, she said they had to go to the old market because it had toilets and bathrooms.

She said they were losing customers when they left their stall to go and relieve themselves.

“We have pleaded with Suva City council about this matter if there could be temporary toilets and bathroom here at this stall to make it easy for us and so that we do not lose our customers.”

They moved to the new location last year and since then nothing had been done for toilets and bathrooms.

She said not only vendors wanted to use the toilet as some customers when buying usually asked for the toilet to relieve themselves.

Ms Navuni sells vegetables, root crops and fruits.

She starts her day at 3am when she goes to the Suva Market to buy from the Chinese farmers.

Prices have dropped and she says she is now buying a bag of cassava for $50. Just after Cyclone Winston she said a bag of cassava was sold to them from $100.

The prices for vegetables remained the same and she worked out her selling price from the farmer’s price.

She admitted that the rent for her stall was $38.50 per week and she was able to save $350 in a week excluding all the expenses that she used for other things.

Ms Navuni said the money from the market was enough to look after her three children and two of her younger sisters who were living with her.

“My two younger sisters are Ana Marama, a Form 4 student and Salome Nakau in Class 5.”

She said some vendors were selling on the road side and they were also selling vegetables, fruits and food crops.

According to Ms Navuni the vicinity they were at was a big advantage to them as many of their customers just stopped by to buy and continued with their journey.

Questions have been sent to the SCC on the subject but no reply had been received when this article went to press.

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