Altavas

Before Yolanda reached their town, Mabel Marcelino and her co-vendors in the Altavas public market had struggled in the hot and cramped conditions, where she had worked for almost five years.

Altavas local market vendor Mabel Marcelino
Altavas local market vendor Mabel Marcelino

“(Yolanda) was very strong,” Mabel explains. “It damaged the roof of the market and as a result, goods were damaged. It was especially challenging for us to work after Yolanda because every time it rained, everything would get soaked,”she added.

The repair of the public market was a big help to the vendors. The new roof means that the vendors can now move freely and display their products properly.

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The newly-rehabilitated Altavas public market – July 2015

“It is really beautiful now. Unlike before it was not even safe for our products. Stealing was very rampant. Now there are security guards around and proper lighting.”

“Thank you for the help extended to us for the repair of our market,” Mabel added. “Now we are in a better and secure working area.”

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