Flea market vendors get government funding assistance

The popular gifts at the previous market that was completely destroyed by fire

APIA, SAMOA: MONDAY 25 JANUARY 2016: Market stall owners who lost everything in the fire that destroyed the Savalalo flea market Saturday 16th received $1,000 each today from the Samoa Land Corporation that owns and operates the market.

The funds are to assist vendors start again as Government offers alternative spaces under makeshift tents at the previous market location and other available private and government owned market spaces.

It is initial government assistance as plans for a future market are being considered as the market that was completely destroyed by fire is insured.

Meanwhile new funding initiatives are rolling into motion to help the vendors. The latest being the SAMOA OFFERING HOPE  where the Samoa Hotel Association together with chartered accounting firm, Betham & Company are teaming up with local banks to offer hope to registered vendors affected by the recent Flea Market fire in Apia.

The group has met to sort out a legal working structure for the initiative with the blessing of the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.

All money will be distributed to the victims of the fire whilst the facilitation costs will be absorbed by the Samoa Tourism Authority.

A press statement from the group says relevant bank accounts are being established and the public will be notified within the coming week.
The effort will run for a period of one month at the end of which the funds will be distributed.  A final report with full disclosure will be published in the local newspapers.