BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
FORTY-plus venders turned up at the Paradise Hall, Pacific Casino Hotel to set up their stalls and sell their produce.
The Easter market is all about different companies, business houses and local vendors coming together to sell their products.
Esther Dede, Food and Beverage Manager of the Pacific Casino Hotel told Island Sun yesterday the aim of hosting a one-day Easter market for Women is to promote domestic tourism in the country.
Ms Dede said that most women, especially vendors, local business operators are affected due to covid-19.
“Thus, we are planning to organise an Easter market for women to showcase and sell their products together with other women.
“We love supporting our local businesses to set up our stalls to sell all our products together.
“I would like to thank those who join us and support us too to promote our local foods, carvings, Arts and crafts, clothes etc,” Dede said.
She said that with the support of the Hotel management to allow local vendors to sell their products at the venue. To host such events for women here at the hotel is a good place to do marketing. At least some earn a few extra monies to keep their business and family going.
Dede said this is their first time to host such an event and hope to host bigger ones in the future with other women.
Ms Magaret Bilau says, “It was an opportunity to sell my products here for the first time with other women.
“We do not have a permanent place to sell our products so we usually do sales at home or side road.”
“I sell vegetables, fruits and tomatoes from my own garden.
“We are housewives and as much as we can, we help our husbands to cater for our children.
“During this covid-19, I earned about $300 after all the items were sold out daily. This was compared before the covid-19.”
She thanked the organisers for hosting such an event through which local business women can come together and network through their passion for business.