Nandaram Sawh: Quenching the city’s thirst with coconut water

Something of a fixture at the corner of North Road and Orange Walk, Nandaram Sawh can be seen night or day chopping fresh water coconuts for his thirsty customers who he says flock to him because of his mantra, “the customer comes first.”

Sawh known as ‘Buddy’ and ‘Pops,’ does not always chop the coconuts himself because his two sons work alongside him, but he has been part of the business since he was a child. The operation does not appear to be an elaborate one, but Sawh is the proud proprietor and boasts about it being the longest surviving water-coconut business in the country.

“We are the oldest coconut vendor in the entire Guyana and being controlled by one family…I can bear testimony to anybody,”….