Litiana sells cassava to buy essentials

Litiana Delailoa (third from left) with her nephew Dan Tikoigiladi (far left) and her children Savenaca, Repeka and Aliti Delailoa sell their produce in Valelevu, Nasinu. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Litiana Delailoa and her children sat at the corner of Nasinu and Daniva roads in Valelevu outside Suva last Friday selling cassava.

She said the money they earned would be for essentials to last them through the Suva-Nausori lockdown which began 11pm on Friday.

Being a single mother, she said the burden of providing for her family lay heavy on her shoulders.

“My husband passed away last year,” Ms Delailoa said.

“For the past 22 years we sold produce from our farm in Sawani at a stall on Daniva Rd.” She said her only consolation was that her children were by her side.

“I’m just glad I’m here with my children and we are getting through this together.”

A few weeks ago, when COVID-19 cases began emerging in the Makoi area, she was told to close her stall.

She and her children decided to sell some cassava planted at their home in Veikoba.

“Since then we have been coming here to sell whatever produce we have because the borders are closed and we have not been able to get to the farm in Sawani.

“The cassava we are selling is from our teitei at home.

“We pulled them out so we could get some money to buy food and other goods from the supermarket for the lockdown.”

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