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Busy Schedule For Tinaisiri

Batiri market vendor Ratea Tinaisiri  described her tight scheduled Saturday routine as a hectic one. Ms Tinaisiri, who mainly sells freshwater mussels, among other food items struggles to wake up
02 Nov 2014 11:55
Busy Schedule For Tinaisiri
Ratea Tinaisiri selling freshwater mussels, and food crops at the Labasa Market yesterday. Photo: Siliva Cawaru

Batiri market vendor Ratea Tinaisiri  described her tight scheduled Saturday routine as a hectic one.

Ms Tinaisiri, who mainly sells freshwater mussels, among other food items struggles to wake up every morning around 3am to prepare her produce to be sold during the day.

She said life was hard and everything was expensive but she had to move on to help support her family.

“My husband stays home and farms whereas I sell in the market daily,” she said.

“All this was to provide for my family needs especially catering for my seven children.

“Selling in the market has its ups and downs; if I make a lot of profit it gives me a good feeling.

“But then on the other hand, I have to think of my bus fare for one day which is $7.50 plus the sacks of goods I load in the bus which cost $3.00 a sack.

“But that is not all because I again have to pay $5.00 for  the wheelbarrow boys to help me with my produce to the market.”

Mrs Tinaisiri said she normally reached the Labasa Market at 8am to start selling. She depends a lot on her $4.50-a-heap freshwater mussels to cater for her family needs.

Feedback:  siliva.cawaru@fijisun.com.fj

 

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