Federal Pacific Insurance (FPI) donated $20,000 to some of the victims of the Fire that burned down the Savalalo Market last month.
The decision was made in response to the call by the government for donations to help the businesses.
The Board Chairman for Samoa Lands Corporation (S.L.C) Lavea Tupuola Lemalu Sione Malifa was present at the ceremony along with Adele Kruse, the Samoa Offering Hope (SOH) Chairperson, and Namulauulu Sami Leota, the General Manager of F.P.I
The donations were given directly to 50 randomly picked stall owners to help with getting them back on their feet. They all received an equal share of $400 each.
“Unfortunately we cannot give benefits to all 200 stall owners who were affected, but we feel it was fair to draw names out of a hat to get the 50 names,” Namulauulu said.
“The recipients’ got $400 tala each which totalled $20,000 tala.
“The purpose of the assistance was for us to give help to those who have been directly affected by the fire. The other purpose was to show that we value our partnership with the government.”
With the full support of S.O.H., Namulauulu and his company felt it was best to give their assistance directly to the stall owners
Ms. Kruse said S.O.H appreciates the generosity of F.P.I.
“We want to thank Namulauulu and F.P.I for what they have given today and we pray that many more in our country will help” Ms. Kruse said
“We can make a difference in ensuring that the flea market comes back quickly because this is the one establishment in Samoa that shows a good representation of our culture”
For stall owner Ina Fruean, the donation is a blessing.
“I’m so thankful for what was given today to help with bringing back our flea market. All glory to God,” she said.
As for Fou Ah Ching owner of stall 31 this came as a delightful shock.
“I was shocked when I was informed by the market that I will be getting some money,” Ms. Ah Ching said. “This $400 will help a lot with getting our stall’s back on track. It can be used for paint for dresses and handicrafts and many other things.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Namulauulu for what they have done today” The happy stall owner said.