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Sunita Thankful For Nadarivatu Good Samaritan’s Assistance

“He read my heart that day, I was not happy at home, with my marriage as there was a lot of misunderstandings and fights with my husband,” Mrs Kumar said. “I came to the market and this Itaukei man from Nadarivatu gave this space for me to sell my items,” she said.
04 Oct 2019 17:28
Sunita Thankful For Nadarivatu Good Samaritan’s Assistance
Sunita Kumar at her stall in the Lautoka Market on October 1, 2019. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Sunita Kumar is so thankful to the iTaukei man from Nadarivatu who gave her the table to sell from at the Lautoka Municipal Market.

“He read my heart that day, I was not happy at home, with my marriage as there was a lot of misunderstandings and fights with my husband,” Mrs Kumar said.

“I came to the market and this Itaukei man from Nadarivatu gave this space for me to sell my items,” she said.

She sells pumpkins, pineapples and jackfruit.

“I sell these three things all the time, sometimes other seasonal fruits also,” she said.

“These three are good as I can keep them for a few days.

She always buys her produce from wholesalers.

“I buy from the wholesalers and I sell pumpkins, jackfruit, pineapples and lately I just got my glass display case here so I have been cutting pineapple pieces and putting them there for the public to buy.

“I also cut up the jackfruit, pack and sell them for $2 or $3 for a plastic; this is helpful for working mothers who do not have time after work to prepare dinner.

“Cutting up jackfruit is time-consuming.”

Mrs Kumar is grateful for running a small business, as she does not need to rely on others.

“My advice to other women is to be strong, do not lose hope and always trust in God.

It was not easy starting her business.

“My husband filed a DVRO (Domestic Violence Restraining Order ) against me for non-contact, so I had to leave the house because it was a court order,” she said.

“I struggled and didn’t have money so I decided to come to the market that was when I met the kind iTaukei man from Nadarivatu.

She shares a flat with a family but sometimes sleeps at the market vendors accommodation’.

“The UN women have built an accommodation just a short distance from the market so I stay there sometimes and I am sharing a flat with a family,” she said.

Despite the slow sales, she keeps a positive mind while going about her business.

“If I have fewer things here then I don’t get much profit so I get around $50 or $60 a week.

“Sometimes I miss the wholesalers because I arrive late to the market. For my children I am doing this, I want them to have a better life than me.  I want to help them in whatever way I can.”

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