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Market vendor has no regrets

It was the constant support from her parents that allowed Sonya Lata of Naikabula in Lautoka to start up her business at the market. The 23-year-old left school at a
02 Mar 2018 11:00
Market vendor has no regrets
Sonya Lata at her stall at the Lautoka Municipal Market. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

It was the constant support from her parents that allowed Sonya Lata of Naikabula in Lautoka to start up her business at the market.

The 23-year-old left school at a very young age and had to seek work to look after her parents.

It was through her sister, who had a stall at the Lautoka Municipal Market who helped her begin selling and she later fell in love being a vendor.

“Leaving school at a very young age is difficult to get a job,” Ms Lata said.

“I later got married but things didn’t work out, so despite all these challenges I knew I had to find a way to build my family life.

“It is no looking back for me now. I do not have any regrets.

“I was lucky to have my parents’ constant support and my sister who also had a table in the market so they pitched in to assist me start my business.

“Many people tell me that I’m still young, but I love selling in the market and I get to help my parents financially.”

Ms Lata said that through her business she was able to save and assist her parents financially. She hopes to start grow her new family in the near future.

“This shows that you can earn money with proper support from people around you,” she said.

“One important thing I have learned to do is to save money, not for me but for my family.”

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