Vendor Urges Youths Not To Be Ashamed, Make A Living

A mother 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.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro