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Love conquers all for Kadavu vendor

Love conquers all for Kadavu vendor
Adi Ruci Vakalelevesi originally from Kadavu Island selling vegetables at Labasa market on April 4. Photo:Shratika Naidu
April 06
11:00 2018

Love conquers everything and this rings true for Adi Ruci Vakalelevesi of Kadavu.

Ms Vakalelevesi, 41, followed her love to Siberia, Labasa and has been running a vegetable stall at the Labasa market.

“I am far away from my island, my family is where my heart is now,” Ms Vakalelevesi said.

“I needed to adjust to the northern flow and I have fitted in well,” she said.

The mother of five is not one that is a prisoner to the four walls of her house either.

“I encourage women who are shy to come out of their shells and assist their husbands financially,” she said.

“Times are hard, despite free education there are other things that are necessary for us to have for our children.

“I have been selling at the market since 2015 and also take order for tapa (masi).

The second youngest of five siblings said apart from working at the market, she does masi making in her free time.

“The beauties of selling in the market are firstly, we get to earn some money every day.

“Secondly, you get some free time to do some leisure activities like for me making tapa.

“Thirdly, we get to meet new faces.

“To keep your business running it is important to build a strong customer base.

“I have lot of customers who know where my table is; even when I am not around they call me for orders.”

Life is not a bed of roses as there are challenges she needs to overcome when there is a change in the weather.

After a long spell of rain the road condition at Siberia deteriorates meaning that it is usually im­possible to travel.

“That affects my business as I would miss out on the farmers who sell us vegetables and others crops,” she said.

“However, I trust in Lord to help me face each day and even if I make a profit of $1 in a day I am still very thankful to my God.

“To the women who are surrounded by four walls of their house, I encourage you to come out and use the opportunity to run a small business to help your family.

‘I studied up to Year Eight at Nasegai District School in Kadavu but after marrying we moved to Labasa.

“Nothing comes easy in this world – we need to ad­just quickly to survive.”

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