“I would close up like around 10 sometimes, you know, because people coming from work does stop and buy. I does have to wake up back like three in de morning to go and buy meh goods cause if you nah early you wouldn’t get good things.”
Words of a 62-year-old fruit and vegetable vendor on a busy thoroughfare, and as she spoke she busied herself fixing the items she had on display.
It was early evening and I had stopped to purchase a few items – I qualified as one of the workers she was speaking about. When I stopped at the stall, she was lying on a bench fast asleep and I had to call out to her twice before she got up. Even as she did, she called out to a man to assist me but no answer came…..