Women vendors welcome Suva market upgrades
Vendors at the Suva Municipal Market who come from rural villages to sell their produce in the city will now have a more comfortable stay.
The Suva City Council is currently upgrading the Rural Women Vendors Accommodation centre which houses around 200 women every week from Wednesday night to Saturday.
Shobna Verma of the Suva United Market Vendors Association said the women pay $2 per night while their children stayed free. The vicinity at present has two toilets and a bathroom. There are bunk beds available while many of the women use mattresses provided by the council to sleep on the floor.
Vika Koronawa, 62, who travels all the way from Lutu in Wainimala, Naitasiri, uses the accommodation
centre for three nights a week.
She has been a market vendor for the last four years and sells root crops, ginger, pawpaw and other fruits as per the season.
“I am happy that they are upgrading the accommodation centre for us,” Ms Koronawa said. “It would be nice to have more mattresses and pillows because some people sleep on the floor.
“It also becomes quite hot because the centre gets so full especially on Friday nights so if they upgrade the facility, it will make our lives easier.” While Ms Koronawa has welcomed the gesture by council, she also requested if the space be made available on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The accommodation space at the Suva Muncipal Market.
Suva Municipal Market vendor Vika Koronawa.