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Family Survives From Market Money

A family from Savudrodro in Savusavu is surviving from the money their mother Virisila Watimeleini is getting from the market. She has been a market vendor at Savusavu Market for
23 Jun 2017 11:00
Family Survives From Market Money
Virisila Watimelaini at her table at Savusavu Market on June 14, 2017. Photos: Peni Drauna

A family from Savudrodro in Savusavu is surviving from the money their mother Virisila Watimeleini is getting from the market.

She has been a market vendor at Savusavu Market for 20 years.

Life for the family took a huge blow when their father suffered from a stroke.

She said he was crippled and could not do a work.

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As a lone earner in the family really struggled but had paid off as her children were now married and living in Suva.

Now she is looking after her husband and his medication and two grandchildren.

“I have managed from the money I get from the market daily and weekly,” she said.

She sells vegetables.

According to Ms Watimeleini for some consumers they preferred to shop at supermarkets or other shops they have the opportunity to pick and choose what they wanted.

“They preferred the convenience of the supermarket.”

She said they sold everything from fresh vegetables to

Well versed with these problems, Mrs Watimeleini had managed to capture some customers through her smiles and good service.

In a week she said her profit could be $200.

Apart from the family welfare she also pays their electricity and water bills.

According to her she buys her vegetable from farmers.

“I get my baigan, chillies, cabbages and tubua from their garden.”

She starts at the market at 10am and catches a bus from her village.

“I use $2.10 daily for my bus fare.”

Ms Watimeleini said her children were also helping her and this had made their life easier.

When asked about the competition at the market she said it was tough especially when they were selling the some products.

She said she had managed to have established customers and some new ones had joined.

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