There’s money at the plantation

By Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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PLANTATION IS THE ANSWER: Dwayne Bernard from the village of Falefa.

PLANTATION IS THE ANSWER: Dwayne Bernard from the village of Falefa. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

You want money; the plantation is where you’ll find it. That’s the case for Dwayne Bernard from Falefa. He says the plantation is work and that’s good enough for him.

“The thing is, working in the plantation seems like the easiest job in the world to some people but it’s not,” he said.

“I think it’s the hardest and one would wonder why we choose to do it anyways.” 

“But it’s because most people like me, this is the only work we’re known to be good at, this is the kind of work that suits the skills I have.”

“I’m not used to being behind a desk or just sitting around, I’d like to move my body and use my hands in planting or maybe even work such as carpentry, constructions, you know that sort of work but it’s not easy to apply and get that job straight away, there are too many talented people in this world.”

“The plantation is all I have and it’s making us enough money.”

Aged 33, Mr. Bernard fathers five children and three of them are in school.

“I’m a positive man and I refuse to think that life is hard, I don’t even believe when people say that the cost of living is expensive.”

“I think it all depends on the person and how hard they work but I think the real question is, do you work?” 

Because we all know you have to work for everything in this life and in order for it to be easier and cheaper.

“I think my only problem is not having access to water because the water doesn’t reach our area but I’m just thankful our neighbors are kind enough to let us use their water.”

“We are people that depend on the plantation for food and money and that’s more than we can ever ask for.”

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