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Market Vendor; 70, Looks Forward To Christmas Rush

Seiniveva Tabua, 70, has never regretted her decision to be a market vendor 10 years ago. The widow, from Nakavika Village, Namosi, is the only breadwinner of her family. Ms
10 Dec 2018 10:18
Market Vendor; 70, Looks Forward To Christmas Rush
Lami municipal market vendors (from left) Seiniveva Tabua and Alumita Kolinisau on December 8, 2018. Ronald Kumar.

Seiniveva Tabua, 70, has never regretted her decision to be a market vendor 10 years ago.

The widow, from Nakavika Village, Namosi, is the only breadwinner of her family.

Ms Tabua has a table at the Lami market, from where she sells root crops and vegetables, cabbage, moca, mango, bananas, cucumber and tomatoes.

The mother-of-two, who has lived at Qauia Village, Lami, for more than 50 years, said she looked forward to Christmas this year.

“Business is always good during the Christmas season because people get together and celebrate,” Ms Tabua said.

“Being the only breadwinner of my family is hard, but I know there is nothing I can do about it. I live with my granddaughter who has just given birth.”

Ms Tabua said being a vendor enabled her to make ends meet.

“I was able to buy furniture for my home from the money I get from selling at the market,” she said.

“The one challenge I face is that I am selling alone at my table and no one is there to help me. At my age it gets hard to move around, but I have to be here so that I can put food on the table.

“This Christmas I will spend it with my family and that is something I am looking forward to. Christmas is a time where people can get together and spent quality family time.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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