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Navutu Flea Market Brings In Steady Income For Vendors

The flea market is located across from the Energy Fiji Limited Depot in Navutu, Lautoka. The five-acre land where the market is situated was provided by PAC Investments and Industrial Development Limited. Vendors don’t have to pay stall fees.
19 Jun 2020 13:56
Navutu Flea Market Brings In Steady Income For Vendors
Tavaita Dimaiono. Photo:.Salote Qalubau

Tavaita Dimaiono, 30, says she has a steady income flow for her family now that she can sell her baked goods at the Navutu Flea Market in Lautoka. Yesterday was the flea market’s first day of operations.

Ms Dimaiono said she decided to start her own business after she and her husband left work.

“I used to work as a waitress at New Laisa’s Kitchen in Martintar for a while and after that, I thought I should resign and start catering for FNU students, but my business closed because of this COVID-19 situation, so I just baked and sold in town, offices and markets,” she said.

“I first licensed my business ‘Tavaita’s Eatery and Canteen’ and started selling, but had my separate orders I made at home and sold to families and companies. I have been doing that for three and a half years.”

The Nakobo, Cakaudrove native sells cakes, custard condensed pies, cassava pies, coconut puddings, coconut pies, coconut oil. She also sells other dishes like stuffed mussels, rourou with mutton and fried fish with cassava.

“We are going through this hard time and people are complaining, but my advice is we can earn by using what’s around us to provide for our family,” she said.

The flea market is located across from the Energy Fiji Limited Depot in Navutu, Lautoka. The five-acre land where the market is situated was provided by PAC Investments and Industrial Development Limited. Vendors don’t have to pay stall fees.

PAC Investments and Industrial Development Limited Managing director Rajnesh Prasad said the allocated land would be extended to accommodate more vendors if need be.

“We have given them five acres to start off with because we’ve got plenty of land. I’m developing an excess of 40 to 50 acres,” he said.

“Since people are suffering, we might as well give this space because the Lautoka City Council comes to stop them from selling on the roadside, but it’s not the council’s fault because it’s a hazard with cars parked everywhere and children running around.”

He said stall owners would be allowed to sell until the end of the month and it may extend, however sales would only be during the day due to the curfew.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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