Ven­dor urges youths not to be ashamed, make a liv­ing

Fiji Sun - - NATION - SALOTE QALUBAU Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Amother of three is urg­ing youths not to be ashamed to make a liv­ing even if it’s sell­ing pro­duce or tra­di­tional hand­crafted items.

Seini Le­watoga has been sell­ing at Shirley Park in Lau­toka for four years, but be­cause of the fees she re­lo­cated to the Navutu Flea Mar­ket, a short dis­tance from Lau­toka City. “Now is not the time to be ashamed, I ad­vise youths to make a liv­ing for your fam­ily be­cause we can­not be re­ly­ing on one per­son to sup­port the whole fam­ily,” she said.

She sells clothes, hand­made ear­rings.

“The mats, cush­ions, masi and ma­te­rial are my own and I charge $80 to $100 for the masi, $200 for the mats, $80 for bed­dings and brooms are $7,” she said.

The Naivucini, Naitasiri, na­tive said she faced in­come prob­lems be­cause of the lo­ca­tion of the Navutu Flea Mar­ket.

“I got a lot more cus­tomers when I was sell­ing at Shirley Park like on Fri­days I get more than $200, but here [Navutu Flea Mar­ket] I get only $80 a day, so that’s why I didn’t want to come on days when it’s not that busy. But on a Satur­day if I sell here I make $140,” she said.

Ms Le­watoga said she was grate­ful to her sib­lings for help­ing start her busi­ness.

Photo: Salote Qalubau

Seini Le­watoga at her stall.

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