No business is too small

By Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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Working for family food stall: Tala Ieroma from Lauli’i.

Working for family food stall: Tala Ieroma from Lauli’i. (Photo: Fetalai Tuiluluu)

When you have something that you’re good at, focus on it and don’t let it go to waste.

So says Tala Ieroma from Lauli’i.

Speaking to the Village Voice, Tala Ieroma she was on her day off from work and she was about to go do some shopping for her children.

Aged 40, but this woman is still strong and self motivated to work in their food stall at the market.

“This was what my husband’s family started with to make money and they have been doing it for a long time.”

“They we’re into this even before my husband and were together.” 

“When my mother in-law passed away, my husband and I decided to be a part of this family business.”

“So it’s just us and my husband’s sisters that are now working together to keep this food stall at the market going.”

Tala said they sell fa’alifu taro, bananas, breadfruits on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to make use of their plantations. 

“We only open on the days that we think are the busiest days for people.”

“Both my husband and I both used to work but this means a lot my husband because it was his family’s way of making money back then so that’s why we both stopped working.”

“Now we are both working in doing this together to help out the family especially my father in-law.”

“You know it’s a small business but we make good money out of it; $200 a day mostly. This is how we make our living.”

“So we’re all family and working together as a team makes it easier.”

“Sometimes my husband’s brothers that are staying overseas also support our family especially their father by sending over money, for village and church obligations as well.”

Tala has 3 children and while they are still young to attend school yet, they love to help out their parents with what they’re doing.

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