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Council Brings Back Flea Market To Support Vendors Welfare

LCC chief executive officer, Mohammed Anees Khan said bringing back the initiative was in support of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and buying local.
20 Oct 2021 10:00
Council Brings Back Flea Market To Support Vendors Welfare
Back in business, Lautoka Outdoor Flea Market vendor, Shobna Singh (left) with another stall vendor, Vinita Lata (right) at the Carnival Grounds. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The Lautoka City Council has reintroduced the Outdoor Flea Market to allow vendors to continue earning a living to support their families.

Since COVID-19 hit the country last year, the flea market was put on hold and close to 100 vendors were forced to resort to establishing other plans to sell their items.

One year later and a number of vendors can be found inside their tents at Lautoka’s Carnival Grounds every Friday and Saturday.

Vendor, Shobna Singh has been a flea market vendor for more than six years selling her homemade doormats, pillow cases and honey to assist her husband, a machine operator, to put food on the table and pay tertiary fees for their three children.

Ms Singh said she was content to be back.

“I started off selling at Shirley Park, then we shifted to Navutu and here at the Carnival Grounds only for two weeks last year till we could not sell anymore when COVID-19 hit the country,” she said.

“I help my husband to bring in money for my family. He works at the Universal Printing Press as a machine operator, working for the past 45 years.

“We are both working to put food on the table for our children and also help pay their tertiary fees and our bills.

“His hours have been cut, and we are trying to survive.”

LCC chief executive officer, Mohammed Anees Khan said bringing back the initiative was in support of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and buying local.

“We have 94 spaces available, marked out as per COVID-19 requirements of two metres separation,” Mr Khan said.

“Almost 50 per cent of the stall spaces had been booked out.”

nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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