A Mother’s Love, Talei Tells Story

The mother of three chil­dren from Nakuku, Vatur­ova is a mar­ket ven­dor and farmer

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Meet Esita Talei. The mother of three chil­dren is a mar­ket ven­dor and also a farmer. She does her sales ev­ery Satur­day at the Labasa mar­ket and on week­days she works on her farm.

She plants yaqona, root crops and veg­eta­bles. Ms Talei said she faced so many chal­lenges. Her youngest daugh­ter is nine months old and at times it is hard for her to man­age her work.

“Ev­ery Satur­day I bring my youngest daugh­ter to the mar­ket and the two oth­ers will go to the farm with their fa­ther,” she said.

She said she was thank­ful to the women ven­dors in the mar­ket be­cause they would look af­ter her daugh­ter when she is busy with cus­tomers.

Ms Talei en­sures that she has time for her chil­dren. She said her in­come this week would be used for their Mother’s Day cel­e­bra­tion in Waik­isi, Labasa, with her mother.

She is orig­i­nally from Nakuku, Vatur­ova, and cur­rently stays in Talaleka set­tle­ment. Ms Talei said she was grateful for her hus­band’s sup­port.

Photo: Renu Rad­hika

Esita Talei with her nine-month-old daugh­ter at the Labasa mar­ket on May 2, 2020.

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