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Bose Helps Fellow Villagers Across Border Selling Their Market Produce

The farmers there cannot physically sell their produce as they did before because of the containment restriction measures.
04 May 2021 11:34
Bose Helps Fellow Villagers Across Border Selling Their Market Produce
Serai Bose selling produce at the Nadi Market.

Serai Bose is an example of an amazing Fijian.

For the past two weekends, the 34-year-old has been selling produce at the Nadi Market. Not her own, but that of her family and fellow villagers in Tubeinasolo, Nawaka.

The farmers there cannot physically sell their produce as they did before because of the containment restriction measures.

However, a call from her brother in the village prompted her to facilitate this and do more than that.

In the early hours of Saturday, the nail technician, whose services has been put on hold, received the produce at the Momi checkpoint and began selling the vegetables and rootcrops at the Nadi Market.

After she did, she took the money earned and checked off a number of items she bought from the supermarket.

Then sent them over to the checkpoint where it was sent to her family and fellow villagers on the other side of the border.

All this was made possible with the help from Police and authorities.

How it started

She said just two days after the containment areas were announced for the West, she received a worrisome phone call from her brothers up in the highlands that moved her to do something about it.

“I gathered that this will affect their livelihood because we were all unprepared for it,” she said.

“As a villager from Tubenasolo and one who is used to toiling the land and selling it, I know what it’s like,” she said.

“The weekend routine of going to sell produce at the market to earn and to provide for basic necessities have been disrupted for many villagers.

“These are my loved ones and I told myself that I had to do something.

“No matter where I go and what I do, I still can proudly sit in the same market where my grandparents once sat and sold the fruits of their labour.”

And she got a few raised eyebrows especially from her business clients in the beauty industry.

“They were really surprised to see me there,” she said.

“I could see a couple of them feeling sorry for me, but more, like I feel sorry for them for thinking that way.”

She believes that market vending is a commendable job.

Once all the produce is sold, she makes it to the supermarket to tick off the shopping list, packs and labels them for the different households.

“I must say that it is rewarding just being able to help my family and villagers,” she said.

“We are living in trying times but and if you see that you can offer some kind of beneficial service, then respond to the call.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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