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Former Flea Market Vendor Gets $7,000, Will Reopen Shop

Ms Morris is one of more than 4200 micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) owners who have been assisted by the Government through the scheme.
15 Oct 2020 11:59
Former Flea Market Vendor Gets $7,000, Will Reopen Shop
Mere Morris 55 with her grandson, Ethiel Raiwale 2 on October 14, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Former flea market vendor, Mere Morris, could not have dreamed of a better 55-year birthday gift than the approval of her micro enterprise loan through the COVID-19 Finance Support Package.

Ms Morris is one of more than 4200 micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) owners who have been assisted by the Government through the scheme.

She received $7,000.

On May 22, her stall which was her only source of income, burnt down in the fire at the Flea Market.

She had been a stall owner for more than 20 years prior to that and had supported all her four children through university with the income she earned.

On the day of the fire she said she was in Labasa. Her daughter called her to inform her of the bad news.

“I was devastated when the fire happened because, I had a lot of stock in my stall and within minutes everything was gone in the fire,” Ms Morris said.

She made garlands and sewed traditional wedding attire and ornaments from her business called, “Carmen Creative Art and Tailoring.”

With the loan she received Ms Morris has paid the deposit for her new stall at the YMCA stall beside Ratu Sukuna Park and will be opening up shop there from next month.

“I am very grateful to the Government for assisting me to restart my business, I am looking forward to returning to my shop in November.” she said. Yesterday was Ms Morris’s birthday.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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