Naz, one of our brilliant traders based on Well Street in Hackney
“I’ve been part of the Rose Vouchers Project since the start, for nearly 7 years now. I was on Ridley Road Market before and accepted Rose Vouchers there. During lockdown to help manage social distancing my stall moved to Well Street. I still accept the vouchers here and have my posters up so families know they can spend their vouchers with me.
I wanted to join the project when I found out it was to support a charity. I used to work for a charity and want to help local families without a good income, so their children can have fresh fruit and veg.
The Rose Vouchers also help small businesses which is so important. Lockdown has meant the market is a lot quieter, people don’t have extra to spend at the moment. We’ve got to try and keep going. If even more families with vouchers could know I’m here that would be great.
We are very welcoming to all families, especially those with vouchers, sometimes even more welcoming as I know when they have the vouchers their income is low, so I give them an extra banana or apple, to help if I can. I don’t want families who have the vouchers feeling embarrassed to use them.
It’s nice being part of the project, healthy food is something I think everyone should enjoy and everyone should have. I have different families visiting my new stall, they can get everything on the market for a cheaper price, and good quality fruit and veg too.
It’s great working with Alexandra Rose Charity, it’s a very good system and easy to get paid when you’ve inputted the vouchers. As a trader I’d recommend joining the project.”
Follow Naz on Instagram @nazfreshfruitandveg