Boroko Market benefits many says woman


Stories by ELVIRA GELE
The Boroko Market has benefited many people, especially women, says a vendor who in the past sold items on the streets and was often chased around by law enforcers.
Aika Uta, a corn (maize) vendor from the Southern Highlands has been selling corn and other vegetables at the Boroko Market since it reopened.
“Before the opening of the Boroko Market I had been selling items on the streets.
“But I was often chased by police or the city rangers and most of what I sold was confiscated,” she said.
“The establishment of the Boroko Market has provided an avenue for farmers and vendors to interact and trade freely.
“I do not get afraid of being chased and the income I earn from selling corn and banana is far better.”
Uta usually trades 50kg bags of corn from the Rigo or Koiari farmers and later resells them individually or in groups.
Uta understands that there are many costs involved in selling fresh produce in the market but at the end of the day it is worth it.
She always has faith and trust in God and this blessing was always the fruit of her daily prayers of earning income to support her family.