N.U.S. students capitalise on sweet tooths
The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) Open Day was not only about introducing prospective students to the campus but a chance for some of the university's own to earn some money and good grades at the same time.
A group of five N.U.S. management students calling themselves "Majesty's Taste" stood out among all the other stalls at Friday's Open Day; they were selling homemade smoothies and Black Forest cake
Speaking to the Samoa Observer the leader of the team, Selsa Peni, said they came up with the idea for the business as a means of completing the major project component of their course.
"This project is mainly about promoting goods and service within this country and we selected food for our project," he said.
The team uses local fruits to make their smoothies and Black Forest cakes, all of which are made in their own kitchens.
"We have been discussing some of the issue with these product and now we have come up with something to [compete with] what [the] other groups are making," he said.
Majesty's Taste say their products are mainly targeted at both ends of the demographic spectrum: young consumers and the elderly.
"This is the main part of our course and if we don't pass it, our group would not able to sit the final exams for this semester, and [...fail]," Mr Peni said.
The group begins each morning with 100 plates. On average, they sell about 30 and also take orders from outside customers.
"From our [sales today] we have earned about $300 tala and above due [to] some orders we had from our customers [and] also the students here at the Open Day," Mr. Peni said.
Another member of the group, Tautala Laupepa, said it was great to be part of a business and a project that was selling out of its stock so quickly.
"The college students they really like it," she said.