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Cooked dalo and cassava

Atasa Moceituba
Friday, October 13, 2017

THERE are different ways you can earn money with food and this can be done on a part time basis or working from home.

Sixty-year-old Miriama Ulamila makes a living selling cooked dalo and cassava three days a week at the Suva Municipal Market.

Why cooked food?

According to Ms Ulamila selling cooked food like dalo and cassava made things easier for working people and those who didn't have time to cook.

Instead of worrying about what to have after work or during lunch time they can just buy a bag of cassava or dalo pre-heat it and have it with tuna salad or anything they wish.

Originally from Muaivuso in Rewa she said she had been a market vendor over the past 20 years.

She leaves her home in Waibau, Naitasiri at 7am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday just to sell her produce on time.

Ms Ulamila said she enjoyed selling and looked forward to her selling days.

Apart from cooked cassava and dalo she also sells ginger, flowers, bananas and raw cassava and dalo at a cheaper and affordable price.

In a day she said she could sell 10 bags of cooked dalo and 20 bags of cooked cassava sold for $3 a bag and could earn $100 or more.

By 1pm to 2pm she says she manages to sell all her produce and return home satisfied with what she had earned.

Ms Ulamila has three children two sons, a daughter along with three grandchildren.

She said the money she earned from selling supported her family and made ends meet.

"I began selling in 1995 back then the old Suva market was at the Market Police Post before they moved it to where it is now," Ms Ulamila said.

Running a business has its ups and downs despite the challenges she faced she said she never gave up.

"Selling can be challenging because sometimes you earn good money and sometimes you go back home with nothing at all. These all depends on the customer's choice and preference."

Of her three children Ms Ulamila said two worked while the other one farmed.

Ms Ulamila said she was able to learn a lot over the past years especially on how to run her own small business adding there's nothing such as employment.

"If you have the right mind and a positive attitude you can achieve anything."

She is always stationed at the pastry corner along the Suva Municipal Market corridor with other cooked food vendors.

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