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25 January 2017


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You haven't mentioned dinau, the bane of small trade store owners.

Around Lavongai i would often see small neat rural store with an old blackboard nailed in front of it.

On it or just above it was a large notice: 'TAMBU LONG DINAU' Amazingly on the blackboard would be a long list of people owing the little trader. The financial collapse of such 'shops'was the inevitable result.

The small business would close meaning the villagers had to perhaps walk a couple of miles to the nearest for their tobacco, sugar etc until the bankrupt store owner had made some bags of copra and or cocoa he would sell giving him capital to start up the business cycle all over again.

I only just thought about that warning notice. 'Tambu-Long-Dinau'.perhaps his extended family or sub-clan thought it meant only they could get credit from him.

I lost thousands down that very road. Maski noken wari - ples daun!

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