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Laid off workers venture into market business

June 3, 2020 4:50 pm
59-year-old Alowesi Nakarawa, was a port worker pre COVID-19, but as ships stopped coming to Fiji, his job went with that, making him look for other means of income.

Venturing into the market business can be a challenging start but it’s the only option for many who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

FBC News visited the Suva Market today and spoke with Fijians who have been laid off and are facing a daily struggle to make ends meet by selling fresh produce.

59-year-old Alowesi Nakarawa, was a port worker pre COVID-19, but as ships stopped coming to Fiji, his job went with that, making him look for other means of income.

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“The company started reducing the number of working days and then slowly i was laid off because there was no ships stopping by the port. I miss my work but sadly i have to think of my family at this time.”

For Timoci Moroca, a former construction worker, losing his job has seen his survival instincts kick in.


[Timoci Moroca – a former construction worker]

“I buy two dozens of pineapples from a vendor here and cut it up. Put it in a container and go around selling it to the public. $2 for a slice. I am still grateful that I am earning. It’s not much but it helps my family get through the day.”

During such difficult times – majority of these new vendors remain grateful that they are able to earn a living, adding that trying out new business ideas in the new normal.

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