A young mother of two has set a Pacific Games challenge for herself by joining many in the local community making use of the regional event to run a quick cash business.
Alofa Fa’aopoopo is a young unemployed mother who is determined to try her hand at engraving and selling tapa designed wear to the sporting visitors.
The 24 year from Fagamalo, Savai’i, is getting support from her father who has has offered to buy the paints.
Other employed members of the family are promising to chip in as well.
Designed patterns are not a worry for Fa’aopopo, who has her own ‘upeki’ or personal designs already carved in wood, for her printed wear.
The printing and selling of tapa designed wear is not a new line of business for the aspiring young mother’s family.
Her uncle who moved overseas made a good living from selling elei printed materials and she was present when he was in business to vouch and be inspired by it.
“ I remember back in 2007 my uncle and his wife made good money from selling elei printed lavalava and they brought them to Apia to sell. I want to continue what my uncle did.”
Fa’aopoopo is also keen to go into elei printed lavalava because not many people in her home island of Savaii are into it.
Her plan is to produce 500 elei printed lavalava to sell during the two weeks of the Games.
The target is for athletes and supporters looking for souvenirs like locally printed ‘lavalava’ or wear to take back to their home countries.
She is confident the visitors would also want to buy lavalava to wear during the Games to show support for their teams.
“ I’m sure they would hunt to find lavalava with the name of the country or supporting words written in the country’s language they wish to support to wear when going to watch the games.”
Fa’aopoopo believes she can do it and has put all her faith in divine support.
“ I know that this is a business many people on the island of Upolu are doing but I am sure there is a way I can do better than them. “Nothing is impossible with God. In this way I am contributing to the Pacific Games.”