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Market vendor overcomes shyness

It was through her selling at the market that she has overcome her shyness. She is so happy that finally she can communicate, negotiate and bar­gain to get the best
16 Mar 2018 11:00
Market vendor overcomes shyness
Ani Vakai Petueli at her table in Labasa Market March 9, 2018. Photo: WATI TALEBULA

It was through her selling at the market that she has overcome her shyness.

She is so happy that finally she can communicate, negotiate and bar­gain to get the best to sell and make good money.

Ani Vakai Petueli, 36, of Nabunikadamu in Wainunu, Bua a tourism student soon after high school had a change of career follow­ing her work attachment at a bakery.

“I studied to be in the tourism in­dustry soon after high school. Then I was an attaché for a bakery,” Mrs

Petueli said.

“I was always tired after work. I was always shy and that was one of my weaknesses,” she said.

“Whenever I see market vendors going about their business, I sudden­ly had the urge to be one, one day.”

She has never regretted that deci­sion. The mother of four has been selling at the Labasa Market the past three years.

“I was shy at first but as time went by I realised that I was getting used to talking to people. I got to meet new people every day,” she said.

“I became confident that my nego­tiation and bargaining skills with farmers improved. I am now getting the best for my money – in getting fresh supplies for my customers.

“My husband did not like the fact that I wanted to be a market vendor but he supports me now.”

Mrs Petueli said the money she earned hasassisted her family because her husband was paid fort­nightly. Her takings from her busi­ness come handy.

“I buy my crops and vegetables from farmers. I make sure that my customers get fresh vegetables so that they are happy with the service I provide.”

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