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Running Own Business Is Rewarding, Says Kumar

Sumant Kumar is among female market vendors in Lautoka Market whose busi­ness has bloomed over the past years. The 52-year-old mother of two sells fruits including pineapples, watermelons, pawpaws and
20 Jul 2018 11:00
Running Own Business Is Rewarding, Says Kumar
Fifty two year old, Sumant Kumar at Lautoka Market on 17 July 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

Sumant Kumar is among female market vendors in Lautoka Market whose busi­ness has bloomed over the past years.

The 52-year-old mother of two sells fruits including pineapples, watermelons, pawpaws and bananas.

“I use to work as a machin­ist at a garment factory. I de­cided to quit my previous job because the money I earned wasn’t enough to help my husband,” Mrs Kumar said.

“I had never regretted this decision because I am able to earn money on a daily ba­sis,” she said.

“I manage my own busi­ness and it is rewarding in a lot of ways.”

In a good week, Ms Kumar earns more than $500.

“With this money I was able to assist my husband put my two children to school and now they are both working and settled into families of their own,” she said.

“All the fruits I sell are sup­plied from different farms from the Western Division because I always try to look for the best for my custom­ers.

“It is because my custom­ers are the reason my busi­ness is running well.

“I communicate with my customers and that is how I know what they want, so I only sell what my customers want me to sell.”

Ms Kumar hopes to ven­ture into selling vegetables in the future but that would depend on the types of vegetables in season and demand.

She sells fruits that are in season and on demand.

“I’ve got to be selective when getting fruits from middle men.

“I only chose those that are in season and ones that people will buy more like for this week I am selling water melons,” Ms Kumar added.

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