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Dec 2023 , Vol . 19 No . 2


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Elsina Opens ELSI-2 in Finpihkal , Lelu , Kosrae

Interviewer : Emily O ’ Steen , Kosrae SBDC Business Advisor Written by Faith Antol , PISBDCN Network Program Associate
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Elsi-2 is a retail store located in Finpihkal , Lelu Municipality in Kosrae . The store is owned and operated by a Kosraean native , Elsina Sepe Tolenna . Elsi-2 opened its doors to help residents with their daily necessities as well as to help Elsina and her family .

Elsina Sepe Tolenna is married to Tolenna Tolenna . They both reside in the beautiful village of Malem and together have four ( 4 ) children , 3 daughters and 1 son . For quite some time , Elsina and her husband Tolenna , were selling take-outs and pastries . The demand for such items grew , which led the couple to start their own business by building a new outlet .
In an interview between Elsina and her Business Advi-
sor , Emily O ’ Steen from the Kosrae SBDC , Elsina said “ I would say that starting a take-out business is an endeavor that continues to be lucrative , where you have people vying to get a tasty meal to enjoy . I know that selling take-outs may start as an ordinary task and it can also become an income-earning career fueled with passion .” Elsina shared her passion that dates back to her childhood , helping her grandmother make different kinds of pastries . “ I have been helping her since , and I feel that the experiences I have with her will also assist me in managing a small business on my own .” With this passion and experience , Elsina also said that the market