At the start of 2018, Kilioga Kilioga would love nothing more than to have electricity in his home.
The 35-year-old from the village of Maugafiafia told the Village Voice team he doesn’t have electricity.
Kilioga has a house where his plantation is located.
Electricity hasn’t reached that part of Samoa yet.
“This is our other house that we stay in when we are here at our plantation for our work and other reasons,” he said.
“This is also where we run to when there’s a tsunami warning.”
“But for me, this is my everyday home because I come here every day for work and I could spend the night if I’m not lucky to get a ride back home.”
Mr. Kilioga says having no electricity is a real burden for his family.
“But hopefully someday electricity will reach this part of Samoa because we all need it for our everyday lives.”
He added farming is the only thing he’s good at.
“I’m good at being a farmer and that is why I do what I do,” he said.
“But even if I was good at doing another job, I couldn’t just take it because I’m the man of my family and my family needs me to help with managing our chores from day to day.”
“The plantation is our source of food and our source of income, but I only sell my crops when I think we really do need the money.”
He said he’s not the type to be pressured about how life is, but all he has to do is work the land.
“I think that’s very important because I believe no matter how hard we try to voice our struggles nowadays, no one really cares.”
“I think it’s important to always remember who you are because with the many changes happening, one can easily lose themselves.”
“Life is going by so fast, so you need to try and live with what you have or you will have nothing.”