Vendors scoop awards

Nadi Market Vendors Association Secretary Adi Bale speaks at the UN Women Market for Change Workshop in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE delay in the construction of new market stalls has not hindered market vendors of Ovalau and Moturiki to meet the demands of their daily customers.

And the hard work of 200 market vendors who form the Ovalau/ Moturiki Market Vendors Association has not gone unnoticed as they scooped three major awards at the first-ever UN Women organised, market vendors awards ceremony at Nadi’s Tokatoka Resort recently.

Association president Isikeli Waqa said the four-year-old association was birthed out of a common idea to sell produce, meet customers’ demands while a piece of their hard-earned earnings goes directly into their savings account.

The group outclassed 11 other associations from around the country to take back home to Levuka the initiative award, the vice-president award and the best treasurer award.

About six executive committee members travelled all the way from Fiji’s old capital to Nadi to be part of the awards ceremony

“We are made up of market vendors from five districts and Ovalau and Moturiki,” Mr Waqa said.

“It is a very young association but we all work hand in hand to make sure our demands are met and we are able to provide for our own family at the end of the day.

“Winning these awards mean a lot to our vendors as it recognises their hard work and what they were able to conquer in the work that has allowed them to provide for their family and put food on the table.”

Vendors in Levuka Town mostly sell along the streets of the old capital and pay a $2 fee to sell daily.

They pay $10 annual fee to the association while $5 is a mandatory fee paid by vendors to be part of the association.

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