Women ven­dors wel­come Suva mar­ket up­grades

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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.

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