Life must go on, says Anisa, 87

Anisa Marama gives the thumbs up as she sells from her stall at the Suva Municipal Market yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

For Anisa Marama, age is not a barrier as she strives to survive every day as a market vendor.

The 87-year-old has been a market vendor for 60 years and has no plans to retire anytime soon.

“The challenges I go through every day is overwhelming,” she said.

“I have been told to stop selling, but no, in this life, you have to keep working to survive.

“The only time you will rest is when your hands are on your chest. You only stop working when you die.

“Every day you struggle, learn new things, you never know the blessing that awaits you and should always be grateful for the breath of life and the strength to keep moving.”

Ms Marama, from Gusuisavu Village in Naitaisiri, has two children and is a widow. She lost her son a few years ago, her daughter lives in Labasa with her small family while she lives with her nieces in Davuilevu in Nausori.

“Whatever I produce, I sell to help me.

“Sometimes, I can’t sell anything but I never give up. I come back the next day with a good heart and try to sell my produce.”

She added it was always in women’s genes to work hard and keep striving for their families and to celebrate the International Day of Rural Women by working extra hard and keep providing for the family.

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