After speaking to the Village Voice; it was clear that Vitali Mikaele from Siumu is an independent man.
The 35 year old works as a farmer; making his own living and getting what he needs to survive.
“I have a patch filled with bananas and taro,” he says to the Village Voice.
“I sell my crops whenever they are ready at the market so I can earn money to buy what I need and also make a little contribution or financially support to some of my families scattered all around Samoa.
“Not only that, but the money I make is also to support myself at home with my bills: electricity and water bills are the first things my money goes to because it is important for me to have both since I stay on my own.”
Vitali said that he doesn’t have a family of his own yet because he’s not ready. His life situation is still in progress and he needs more time to make a good life for himself first before making a life with someone else.
“Everything is good at home and in my village. I mean sure I do run into problems sometimes but that’s life. Problems are unavoidable so you just have to be prepared when they happen and find a solution for them.
“Right now; I can honestly say that I get by easily with the little things I have because it’s just me at home. I don’t have children to worry about yet so it’s good to make use of our single years.
“I only have one focus and that focus is on me. Doing my best for myself so I can survive each day that goes by.
“I wake up in the morning: I get my stuff ready and then I make my way to the plantation. When I’m done, then I come back home; make some food and then take a rest. My life is that simple.
“And even if there are difficulties in my life; I’m not a quitter and I’m a very strong person so I can fight my way out of it.”