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The market is his life

Atasa Moceituba
Friday, March 09, 2018

WHAT started off as an indigenous community has now developed into a suburb and multiracial society.

This was how 79-year-old Lasaro Laqere of Draubuta Village, Tokatoka in Tailevu described Nabua Town.

Married with five children Mr Laqere is one of the oldest market vendors who's been selling at Nabua for the past 20 years.

He resides in his village and leaves home at 9am to sell his produce to passers-by.

Mr Laqere is always stationed along the corridor of Raj Shoes and Bags Repair in Nabua.

He sells ivi (Tahitian chestnut) raw and cooked for $2 a heap and breadfruit for $1 or $2 each for three to four days a week and earns $15 to $20.

Mr Laqere was one of the five pioneers that set up the Nabua market now known as the Nabua Mini-Market.

He said Nabua Town had undergone a lot of changes since he started selling there.

Before the market was built, he said, they used to sit in the hot sun and sell their produce they did not even have tarpaulin to shelter them from the sun or rain.

He said those were the days they had to endure the hot and cold days all for the livelihood of their family.

During the rainy weather he said they used to sell along the old Bajpai store corridor and sometimes were being chased away if they threw their rubbish carelessly and this was where the decision to request for a market to be constructed in Nabua emerged.

He said they had to request the Nabua Village headman Ratu Isoa Kamurusi for permission to do that. Back then they had to ask permission from provincial councils since they were in charge of developments that took place in a province.

Mr Laqere said a lot of people used to buy from them then because the price of fruits and vegetables were cheaper and more affordable for families unlike these days.

He said now Nabua had grown into a shopping district with variety shops and businesses adding the growth was the result of the hardworking communities who worked effortlessly to improve and uphold the living standards in Nabua.

Mr Laqere said Nabua has really advanced over the years with shops, and supermarkets providing top services and quality products to residents and shoppers in the area.

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