It is unfair to suggest that this post is about only a day of enterprise when it is in reality documenting an entire lifetime of enterprise. Street side entrepreneurs occupy markets, town centres and street corners. These senior, Korean businesswomen work every day of the week, selling fruit and vegetables, homemade dishes or snacks.
Initially some of the smaller stalls were a real source of amusement for us. We would walk by a stool with three peppers for sale or a mat with only two, small bowls of potatoes on display and chuckle to ourselves. We simply couldn’t understand why they bothered sitting out all day, rain or shine for such a small profit. Then we discovered how low the average pension pay out is for a senior citizen in Korea. Suddenly those sad, looking lettuce leaves began to lose their humour and really started to mean something more. Survival.