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Waqabaca Won’t Miss Chance to Sell Harvest, Catch

Waqabaca Won’t Miss Chance to Sell Harvest, Catch
Easi Waqabaca. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
March 02
11:00 2018

Easi Waqabaca of  Doi in Ono-i-Lau prospers on what she is able to collect, catch and harvest whenever there is an opportunity to sell.

“I am more like a mobile market vendor, fish seller here on my island,” the 52-year-old mother of two said.

“Whenever a boat comes to the island or a group from Government, non-government organisation (NGO) or whoever I would string fishes, put edible molluscs and crustaceans in coconut leaves baskets and sell to them,” she said.

Green finger Mrs Waqabaca is also a dedicated vegetable farmer.

“If I was living in the main islands I would definitely be a market vendor,” she said.

“The advantage is that apart from making money every day you get to meet new people who most you’d be surprised are related to you either through your blood line or marriage.”

Mrs Waqabaca has been engaged in this business since 1994. She comes from a family of five.

Although a lot has changed during the years, Mrs Waqabaca still takes delight in what she does today.

“Selling to the locals gives me a chance to meet people from all walks of life and also allow me to earn some money,” she said.

“I like to help people, look after them and my family.

“The boats have the space and facility to store them that their conditions do not deteriorate when they arrive in Suva.

“It is usual when a group comes to the island they would request or look for things to buy to take back home.

“That is the reason I am always prepared – there are civil servants on the island so I set up my make shift market to cater for their needs.

“Before Tropical Cyclone Gita, I used to also sell some of what we harvested from our gardens, now most of the crops are damaged.

“We used to ship about 15 to 30 bags of coconuts to Suva in a week but now it’s one and if we’re lucky it’s two bags.

“There really isn’t any point lamenting over the damage. There are seasonal fruits and vegetables.

“Crabs here are a big catch, I can send two bags of crabs worth $200 to Suva,” she said.

She said she would be now selling fruits and vegetables such as lemons, Chinese cabbage and lemons.

“One bucket of  lemon will go for  $20,” she said.

“Lemon is great for this weather because you can make fresh juice and jam.”

From lemons alone, she could rake in about $100 to $150 a trip from visiting vessels to the southern Lau group.

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