Sigatoka juice lady

Kichy Nauro serves juice for the thirsty at Sigatoka Town. Picture: MATILDA SIMMONS.

WAINIKITI Nauro greeted us with a big smile as she poured a glass of juice for one of her customers.

The mother of two was seen just at the entrance towards the Sigatoka Market.

The hot weather had many stopping by to have a taste of her freshly mixed juice.

Wainikiti or Kichy as she prefers to be called has been operating at the market for the past six years.

“We used to have a table inside the market but there has been an increase of market vendors lately so we rented another table outside here,” she said.

“So we have a vegetable table inside and a juice table outside here.”

Juice vendors are a growing business in urban centres around the country.

They’re usually located near the markets. On hot and sunny days, the business operators thrive with many thirsty customers.

“Before I used to be shy to sell out here in the market,” says Kichy.

“It was my husband who did the selling. When we first got married, my husband said ‘you women of Cuvu, you are not used to selling like this – you are only used to just collecting money from your land lease so I said ok then I will do it,” she laughed.

“The business has helped us a lot. We managed to build our house, buy two vehicles and support our two children.”

Lately, the couple started farming sugar cane on their 10-acre farm. Kichy says her goal is to expand to a small supermarket in her area.

“We have the farm there to help with vegetable sales and I’ll stop selling here when I make enough,” she smiled.

Not only do they concentrate on farming, the versatile couple hope to revive their bakery as well. As it turned out Kichy’s husband bakes bread on the side to make a living

“When we’re not selling at the market we bake bread and sell it from home. It’s homemade bread and is sold for $2 a loaf and customers still come for it.”

Kichy often starts her juice selling at 10am every day.

“I do my job at home first such as clean the house, wash the clothes and then I come to sell,” she said.

“Some women often look down on this work but they don’t know how much we make in a day,” she winked.

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