Emergency business brisk for Faleasi'u coconut sellers

The state of emergency lockdown doesn’t seem to have affected business for two green coconut sellers in the Apia Township.

Nover Eletise and her cousin Hene Kaisara, from Faleasi’u, were doing good business in front of MY Fitness Studio, Togafu’afu’a, when the Samoa Observer caught up with them.

Ms. Eletise said they had received a lot of customers, which is much better business than they did when they sold coconuts at their village. 

 “Business so far is going good,” she said. “A lot of people are interested in green coconuts and they have just been buying our stuff.

 “We tried something similar to this in Faleasi’u but there weren’t that much customers because everyone back in the village can get their own green coconuts from their own land.”

To be able to do business at Togafu’afu’a, the cousins said they had asked for permission.

  “The environment here is clean so customers won’t hesitate on buying our coconuts,” said Ms. Eletise.

“It is also convenient for them because they can just walk outside and buy a coconut if they feel thirsty.”

The green coconuts are sold for $2 and $3.

An hour into their day on Tuesday, they said they had already made more than $30 from their sales.

“We are only here for three days a week which are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but that all depends on the coconuts we get from our land,” she said.

Aside from selling green coconuts, the cousins said their family also has a pig farm.

“We also sell pigs back in the village. We sell pigs (size 2) for $150 and lots of people buy from us. So business in that area seems to be okay.”

According to Ms. Eletise, Samoans have no excuse when it comes to options to earn a living.

“People should look into this area because you can earn a living from it,” she said about farming.

“What people should do is come and sell their produce and crops because you won’t earn anything from just staying at home.”

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