Business as usual for informal sector

The idea of Christmas varies with each individual.

For mothers in the informal sector, Christmas means more income.  

So while some were starting their celebrations for the day, Jenny Maipe and Annette Zephaniah were preparing for the big sell of the year.

Like the rest of those in the informal sector, it was business as usual.

Both sell daily at the Kinakon roadside market, on the outskirts of Port Moresby.

While they both understand that Christmas is a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, Annette says it is one of those days they have many customers.

“Life is hard and we see Christmas as our opportunity so we prefer to market on this day,” she said.

Along with fresh produce, Annette sells live chicken.

“I sell everyday but during festive seasons, I increase the stock I put out. I know the demand for live chicken is high this time around so I bring all the chicken out during this time,” she added.

In addition, Jenny explains that when other markets in the city, like Gordon market, close for the public holidays, customers head out to them.

“So we think of our customers as well. We provide for them to celebrate with their families,” Jenny adds.

Both are mothers to two children respectively and sell to provide for the families.

Whether it means spending time with family or sacrificing for family, it’s all about family in the end.

(Annette Zephaniah and her 7-year-old son at the market today)

Gloria Bauai