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Widow, 62, Overjoyed In Winning Labasa Market Best Stall Award

  Market vendor, Bibi Safuran, 62, could not hold back her tears when the Labasa Market Vendors Association presented her the Best Stall prize during the association’s Christmas celebration and
20 Dec 2017 11:00
Widow, 62, Overjoyed In Winning Labasa Market Best Stall Award
Best Stall award winner- Bibi Safuran at Labasa market on December 19, 2017. Photo: Shratika Naidu

 

Market vendor, Bibi Safuran, 62, could not hold back her tears when the Labasa Market Vendors Association presented her the Best Stall prize during the association’s Christmas celebration and annual awards programme yesterday.

This was the first time in over 14 years of business the widow and mother of five received an award.

“I started selling vegetables with my husband from this same stall to help educate our children,” Ms Safuran of Korowiri, Labasa said.

“It has been 11 years since my husband passed away and for two years I have been selling alone in this market to support my disabled daughter who is at home on her own.

“Since the Social Welfare Department terminated her allowance, I have no choice but to leave her alone at home so that I can work to financially support both of us.

“Life is full of challenges for me as a widow, mother and grandmother. To see the association recognise my hard work and best stall presentation makes me feel proud.

“There are about 1000 market vendors and I treat them all as family because we work to earn money and feed our loved ones.”

Labasa Market Vendors Association vice president Waisea Makulau said this was the first time the association organised an awards function for vendors in four categories.

“The purpose of our programme was to bring all the vegetable vendors together and feel part of a family,” Mr Makulau said.

“Since the extension of Labasa Market last year we started having new vendors so we saw this opportunity to socialise and know each other more.”

Chief guest at the function was Labasa Town Council accountant Seema Dutt, who applauded the vendors for working hard and maintaining peace and harmony in the market.

Edited by Percy Kean

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