4 Jul 2012

American Samoa's Tulafono keen for male population to take up sewing

8:42 am on 4 July 2012

The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono is encouraging the territory's male population to take up sewing.

Togiola's comments come two weeks after about thirty adult students graduated from a sewing class programme administered and co-ordinated by the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs.

The governor is urging recent graduates of sewing classes to use their skills to earn money for their families and communities through what he describes as a lucrative business.

He says so far, more than 200 local residents have graduated from the programme since it was first implemented about two years ago.

Togiola says he recalls issuing a challenge to the first graduating class to see the importance of sewing in earning money for their families.

At the time he said about 81 business licenses have been issued for sewing shops in the territory.