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Grandparents sacrifice for only granddaughter

Luke Nacei
Sunday, January 14, 2018

A MARKET vendor at the Nausori Municipal Market, Sushila Wati uses all the money she earns on her only granddaughter's education.

Ms Wati said she and her husband made a lot of personal sacrifices during the school holidays because they wanted to make sure their grandchild would be ready for the start of school tomorrow.

The 66-year-old braved the heat with her granddaughter, Sharkshi Devi, selling their produce at the market when a team from this newspaper caught up with them yesterday.

Ms Devi and her grandmother travel daily from Barotu, Saivou in Ra to Nausori to sell their produce.

According to Sharkshi they left home very early in the morning to be able to catch the first bus to Nausori Town.

"We left home at 4am this morning and reached here at 11am and this is what we do every day," she said.

The Barotu Primary School student said she had all her school supplies except for her bag and sandals.

"My aunty has bought my books and other school stationery and the only things left to buy are my school bag and sandals."

Sharkshi will be in Year 6 this year and aspires to be a doctor.

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