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Women Welcome Ivi Season

Around this time of the year the Suva-Nausori corridor is littered with Ivi (chestnut) sellers from mostly Naitasiri, Tailevu and Rewa provinces. On Wednesday, 56-year-old Cilia Vilidai of Cautata village
13 Feb 2015 10:54
Women Welcome Ivi Season
Ro Filipe Tuisawau (standing) in Parliament. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Around this time of the year the Suva-Nausori corridor is littered with Ivi (chestnut) sellers from mostly Naitasiri, Tailevu and Rewa provinces.

On Wednesday, 56-year-old Cilia Vilidai of Cautata village in Bau, Tailevu travelled to Suva to sell chestnut.

She said she has been travelling back and forth from her village and Suva since the beginning of the chestnut season in January.

“I bring two buckets everyday and I make about $40 from one bucket, what I earn is primarily for my vakamisinare (church levy) and the rest is to assist in buying food for my family,” Ms Vilidai said.

Meanwhile, Selai Matau, 48, of Dravo village in Bau, Tailevu, said the chestnut season couldn’t have fallen on a suitable time.

“I say this because it is in time with back to school and for us in the villages with no employment, selling chestnut could earn us money to buy school stuff for our children,” Ms Matau said.

The mother of two said she sells three buckets of chestnut a day in which she earns $70 from each.

Ms Matau said so far the sale of chestnut in the capital city has been great.

Sellers look forward to the local chestnut season that normally falls on January to March.

Chestnuts are sold in small plastic bags for $2 each.

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