Lauli’i village moves to create employment
A new supermarket owned by the Princessa company was opened in the village of Laulii yesterday, the first phase of what will be extended to a Market on 13 November 2018.
Village mayor, Fa’alogo Sasaili Molī told the Weekend the move is to try and create employment opportunities for the village.
“The official opening will be part of the 100th year commemoration since the influenza pandemic hit Samoa in 1918 killing many people from our village. So we are honoring the victims,” he said.
Fa’alogo said the owner of the supermarket also wanted to open the shop early because of White Sunday.
“The total cost of the whole project including the supermarket even though it’s not officially opened will amount to more than $600, 000,” he said.
“The work started in May last year.”
Fa’alogo said the owner of the supermarket is leasing the location.
“His rent is $6,800 per month and that is the agreement that we have come to,” he said.
“The reason we agreed to the owner’s request is because the committee had agreed that we need to find ways to earn money, especially from this project. We have to find a profit to balance out the money we spent on this project.”
Fa’alogo said when the market opens they will also charge the people who will be using the land.
“We are thinking of charging the villagers $5 per day and an outsider will be charged at $10 per day.”