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Working Mother Gives Up Job To Be A Vendor

Working Mother Gives Up Job To Be A Vendor
Urmila Devi at her stall at Valelevu Market on August 7, 2018. Photos: Taraivini Seru
August 17
11:00 2018

Getting up early in the morning and doing all her household chores before going to work was too difficult for Urmila Devi.

Eight years ago she told herself that that was enough and she would find other means to make money.

The first thing that came to her mind that she was to go to the Nasinu Town Council in Valelevu to apply for a stall at the market.

“I was determined and on that day I was lucky to be served by a very helpful council worker that the next day they called me to say that there was one available,” Ms Devi said.

“I got myself organised and started with few items to sell. Now I am selling vegetables, eggs, curry powder, spices and honey,” she said.

“To work and be a mother is difficult, I usually get up very early in the morning, make breakfast and lunch, clean my house, get my daughters ready for school and catch the early bus to get to work.

Ms Devi and her family consisting of her two daughters and husband live close by so getting the market every day is not hard.

In the last eight years she has been selling at the market seven days a week – Mondays to Fridays the market opens from 8am to 7pm while on Sundays from 8am to 2pm.

“My husband and eldest daughter work while my younger daughter is in Year 13.

“I am happy here at the market because in the mornings I do not need to rush. I do everything I need to do then come here.”

She goes to Nausori as early as 4am Saturdays to buy her vegetables.

The honey and eggs are supplied by suppliers from Rakiraki and Nausori respectively.

“Eggs are expensive this time because the weather is cold and hens don’t lay as much eggs in this kind of weather.

“I like meeting people and it through this business my mother-in-law now also has a stall.

“There is no such thing as no work.

“As long as you have two hands you can do something for yourself rather than going around and be a burden to others.

“You are never bored here, I cut up jackfruit to assist busy people in cooking their meals.

“I have even packed curry powder and spices into $1 packs.”

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