A vendor’s tale

TAKE a trip to the market and you will be surprised with the variety of foods sold at an affordable price.

From fruits to vegetables, root crops, sea foods, cooked foods and even pastries prepared in such a way to satisfy your cravings.

For 63-year-old Elena Lewatini Karawa selling is something she enjoys because this is one of the easiest means to earn money and support her family.

The mother of five began selling at the age of 40 and had been a market vendor at the Suva Municipal Market for the past 23 years.

Married with 20 grandchildren, Ms Karawa resides in Nauluvatu, Waidina in the highlands of Naitasiri with her family.

She said they usually left the village at 7am on Fridays and arrived in Suva at 10:30am.

Her program begins at 9am where she tries to sell all her produce before she returned home on Saturday evening after a whole day of selling.

Stationed along the market corridor she can be seen selling in the market on Fridays and Saturdays.

In a day she said she could serve five customers adding her sale in a day depends on customers’ preference.

She said Friday and Saturday were the two busiest days for her and other market vendors because these were the only days members of the public came in full force and bought foods from them.

Ms Karawa said she began selling at the market when she was 40 years old from that time until now she has never regretted her decision to sell.

She sells coconuts for $3 a heap, rourou $2 a bundle, mandarin $2 a heap and bananas for $1 a heap adding that most of her produce were from their farm.

Here are some health benefits of banana by website www.healthxchange.sg:

Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6 and produces red blood cells.

It removes unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and maintains a healthy nervous system.

Vitamin B6 is also good for pregnant women as it helps meet their baby’s development needs.

Potassium in bananas is good for your heart health and blood pressure

Bananas, especially newly-ripened ones, contain starch that does not digest (resistant starch) in your small intestine and is able to pass into the large intestine.

As such bananas help you manage your weight better as you stay full for longer.

Bananas can help you beat gastrointestinal issues such as: constipation, stomach ulcers, and heartburns.

It contains three natural sugars — sucrose, fructose and glucose — giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of energy.

As such, bananas are ideal, especially for children and athletes, for breakfast, as a midday snack or before and after sports.

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