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Family Affair At Food Stalls

Maraia Waqa, who lives at Siberia in Labasa, was glad to share her experiences and life as a market food vendor. The 67-year-old mother of seven passionately shared her experiences
02 Nov 2014 11:57
Family Affair At Food Stalls
Maraia Waqa proudly sells food in the Labasa Food stall yesterday. Photo: Siliva Cawaru

Maraia Waqa, who lives at Siberia in Labasa, was glad to share her experiences and life as a market food vendor.

The 67-year-old mother of seven passionately shared her experiences as a food vendor saying she had no regrets whatsoever at being one.

“I started out as a market vendor in 1981 with the aim of supporting my family and my children’s education,” Mrs Waqa said.

She was a Year Six (then Class Six) school dropout who not only attended business classes through her profits from the market but also successfully sent all her seven children to school.

Mrs Waqa said the struggles she faced earlier in life contributed to her strong, confident and appreciative character which she claimed had helped in running her business successfully.

Hence after persuading her husband to join her in the selling, the couple had since worked in partnership at the market.

“We began selling our produce without anyone’s help and are still at it up till now,” she said.

“Our children, who all have good jobs in Suva, have persuaded us to retire as market vendors and move to Suva; I just tell them I love my work as a market vendor so much.”

Mrs Waqa said as a market vendor anyone can provide for their children because it is a profitable trade but some people are hesitant to try it out.

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