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Roko Focuses On Educating Her Children

Mother of three Timaima Roko invests and spends her time, energy and money into the education of her three children. She is a market vendor at the Nabua market. “This
25 May 2018 11:00
Roko Focuses On Educating Her Children
Timaima Roko with her produce at Nabua, Suva on May 23, 2018. Photo: Taraivini Seru

Mother of three Timaima Roko invests and spends her time, energy and money into the education of her three children.

She is a market vendor at the Nabua market.

“This is my job selling vegetables, rootcrops and fruits. I am doing these for my children’s education.

Penina Roko her youngest child is studying law at the University of the South Pacific.

“I have been able to send my three children to school through my selling at the market,” Mrs Roko said.

“This is the sixth year of my selling my produce and it has enabled me support my children and family, “ the 51-year-old said.

“With my earning I have also renovated our house in the village at Lomainasau in Tailevu and have managed to send my three children to school, private studies.

“I believe that if my children have a profession they can help us when we get  old. If not they become a burden.

“My husband helps me with the pulling of cassava to fill a bag and he also harvests bananas.

“He plants his own cassava on his farm at Lomainasau and sells it for $5-$7 a heap. All the vegetables we sell are fresh from our family farm and in a day I can earn about $200,” she said.

She admitted that her small business also had its ups and downs and the  past months have not been easy for her.

“If I were to compare selling back then and now it’s really different. Back then we had a lot of customers and we used to earn good money but now we don’t. I think we have a lot of market vendors today that’s why we don’t have a lot of customers and make more money like we used to do before,” she said.

She said she enjoyed selling in the market because she got to meet new people every day.

“The goods that I sell are mostly from farmers but sometimes close relatives and friends also help me out,” she said.

“I prefer selling at the market because I earn money every day and during the school holidays, I was making a lot of money.

“My busy days are from Thursdays  to Saturdays.”

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