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Market vendor Shalendra Prasad left selling water melon at Nadi Market on August 20 , 2018. Photos: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
August 24
10:00 2018

 

For more than 15 years, Shalendra Pras­ad of Malolo has been selling vegetables at a stall in Nadi market to cater for his fam­ily’s expenses.

He believes that the success of any busi­ness is defined on how the family works together to help build the business.

This is the case for Mr Prasad whose son and wife assist him at the market during the weekend.

“The success of any business will depend on the support from their family members. I’ve been a market vendor for more than 15 years, no one else helps me but my chil­dren and wife,” Mr Prasad said.

Shalendra’s gets his supplies from Siga­toka Valley from a cousin who is a vegeta­ble farmer.

He sells varieties of vegetables like Eng­lish cabbage, Chinese cabbage, spring on­ions, parsley, tomatoes and pumpkins.

“Sometimes there are days where busi­ness isn’t that good but it doesn’t stop us from coming to the market,” he said.

“In a good week I am able to make around $300 from selling vegetables.

“With this I am able to send my children to school and also cater for the family ex­penses like paying electricity and water bills.

“I love selling at Nadi market because it’s like my second home, I’ve created a bond with other market vendors here,” he said.

Prices

Spring Onions – $1

Parsely- 50 cents

English Cabbages- $1.50, $1, $2

Chinese Cabbages – $1

Tomatoes- $2

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