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Vendor’s Takings Help Ease Husband’s Burdens

It is not the duty of the man to do everything as his wife can help ease his burdens by helping him in every way possible. Ana Salauca, 49 of
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Vendor’s Takings Help Ease  Husband’s Burdens
Ana Salauca at her Labasa market table on February 5, 2018. Photos: Wati Talebula.

It is not the duty of the man to do everything as his wife can help ease his burdens by helping him in every way possible.

Ana Salauca, 49 of Nasolo Village in Bua has been assisting her husband as a market vendor the past 11 years.

She sells her produce at the Labasa market for six days a week as on Sundays the markets is closed.

“My husband is a farmer and we don’t get money all the time,” Ms Salauca said.

“Our income depends when his crops and yaqona mature.

“I am outgoing and like to communicate with people so when they come by my table I greet them.

“Sometimes people are going through hardship but don’t show it. So to make them forget their problems I talk to them and make them laugh.

“I started selling at the market so that I can assist my husband in making ends meet.

“I have only one child and was able to send her to school with the money I get from selling at the market.

Her daughter has graduated and now has her own family. But Ms Salauca has continued to be a market vendor to assist her husband in their vanua and lotu (church) obligations

“I sell yaqona and dalo from my husband’s farm. But for vegetables and fruits I buy in bulk from famers and then sell them from my table,” she said.

“Last year the vegetables were very expensive because of the weather.”

She said that vegetable quality had now improved.

“The weather this year has been good so far.

“ The produce is healthy and people are happy with the quantity and the quality.

“The weather has been good and production of vegetables has increased and the prices have decreased.”

Ms Salauca said being a market vendor has helped her family.

“I pay electricity bills, water bills and buy food from the money I earn from selling at the market – this is a tremendous contribution to my family.”

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