Teuila Festival chance for vendors to branch out
The Teuila Festival is a chance for vendors of all kinds to display their wares and make some money.
This year has proved no exception: with returning professionals, amateur enthusiasts and people with disabilities all getting involved.
Among the vendors at the Malaefou Park at Sogi are the Loto Taumafai Society for people with disabilities, teachers and students.
Time Afoa, 34 years-old teacher of Loto Taumafai, said he was pleased with the chance to display handicraft items made by school students.
“The wood handcraft, pillows and lavalava are done by the students with disabilities,” he added.
Mr. Afoa said the proceeds from their Teuila sales it will go into their savings account for them to use later on for the needs of the school.
“Loto Taumafai has been in the Teuila Festival for so long also other events,” he said
"We use this Teuila festival to showcase to the people what talent the disabilities students have and with the profit we use it to supply the materials they need."
A man from Afega, Fa'ai Fata, who is based in Las Vegas and owns a business called Polynesians R-U-S, is also enjoying the Teuila.
"My sales are doing great here at the Teuila Festival," he said. "The day started slow but it's going good for me. I hope I can make more than $500 a day."
Working for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishers (M.A.F.) inspired him to open a stall for plants at this year's Festival
Another vendor, Tommy Tuuamalii, said this year's Teuila will be the fourth he has attended.
"This kind of business is good because plants has a big value."
He said he sells plants to provide money for his family and to put his children through school.
"Well the profit goal is to earn $500 before the Teuila ends, because that is what we earn during the last few years with our sales," he added.