Market florists enjoy good business

A self-taught flower bouquet arranger and vendor says flowers are blessings from God and if they are used well, Samoans shouldn’t be poor.

Eighty-five-year old, Ta'amaletoa Toelau, is among a group of florists who sell their creations at the Fugalei market during the week and weekends.

He says the market is great since people are always looking for flowers for one reason or another.

 “It’s been ages since I have been doing this business and I am very proud to share to our country that however expensive life can get, there is always money in Samoa,” he said.

Mr. Toelau says on a good day, they can make some very good money. His products consist of vases, bouquets and other local produce.

“It’s always on Saturdays that we get to sell most of our flowers,” he said. “People are always looking for flowers for church decorations and other occasions.”

Having been in the business for several years, Mr. Toelau wants to pass on the knowledge to his children and their children.

Another florist, Miriama Lui, who also owns the Green House at the Fugalei Market, says the business is a booming industry.

She said it is also her only source of income to provide for her children and she loves doing what she does.

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