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Vendor particular with quality of variety of vegetables she sells for her customers in Nadi

Sixty-seven-year old, Mere Driu was diagnosed with diabetes last year and that has made her more particular of the quality of vegetables she sells from her Nadi market stall. “Fresh
23 Mar 2018 11:00
Vendor particular with quality of variety of vegetables she sells for her customers in Nadi
Waicoka Village native Mere Driu sells her produce from the Nadi Market. Photos: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Sixty-seven-year old, Mere Driu was diagnosed with diabetes last year and that has made her more particular of the quality of vegetables she sells from her Nadi market stall.

“Fresh vegetables are what I buy to sell to my customers daily,” MsDriu said.

“Majority of us rely on markets for our supply of fresh vegetables and root crops for healthy diets,” she said.

Age is not an issue for MsDriu of Waicoka Village in Bau, Tailevu when it comes to work.

She initially worked at a tailoring business before she became a market vendor ten years ago.

“Right now foods in vegetables and fruits in season include eggplants, lemons and bananas; these are vegetables mothers and wives need to prepare meals,” she said.

“We should stop eating preserved and canned foods,  and indulge into our local and fresh foods.

“Health authorities are always warning us of  Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)  – we should change our eating styles.

“As a market vendor I make sure I sell to  my customers what they deserve to eliminate NCDs.”

Ms Driu said the increase in NCDs in Fiji was due to people eating unhealthy foods.

“We don’t need to fry eggplants or make it in curry so that it can be delicious, just simply boil them, add fresh lemons, coconut milk and eat it with your staple food.

“This can be enjoyed by the whole family, it’s simple to prepare.”

Ms Driu said being in her situation wasn’t easy after she was diagnosed with diabetes last year.

“Being a market vendor comes with a lot of challenges and benefits too, I get to meet a lot of new people and also at the same time exercise my body because I get to move around, another thing we have money every day in our pockets,” she said. Items on her table include dalo, bananas, eggplants, vudi, lemons, pineapples, ginger and sweet potatoes.

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