Poefu’a Suluafi Emosi is happy with his lot in life.
He lives with his wife and their three children at Failolo’o.
“We are blessed,” he tells the Village Voice.
“We never go hungry because we have our plantation to turn to. For our village here, everything is okay in terms of governance, people respect each other and we live under very strong village governance.
“So we hardly have any problems among the youths and around the village.”
But the 56-year-old has one gripe.
“Our supply of water is not good for this area and it makes things a little harder for families on our side,” he said.
“We would pay people to use their cars to transport buckets of water here to use for our plantation and for other daily requirements.
“Life is very difficult not having any water here at my house. We need water for almost everything in life, even with farming.”
The elderly man said they have reported the matter to the government through the Samoa Water Authority.
“When they come to fix it the water pipes only run for a day and then we go back to the same thing. This is frustrating.”
The father said his side of the village could do with some water tanks.
“I guess that’s the only way to solve the problem,” he said.
“To be honest, we’re tired of reporting the problem.
“Water is the only problem here, but everything is fine, every family are developing and we make do with what we have.”
And even with challenges like water, Poefu’a is not a quitter.
“I go through some challenges but I will never give up,” he said.
“I will continue my farm work because I need the money and I don’t want anything to get in my way. “I have been working as a farmer for over 50 years now and it has helped my family in so many ways, especially when it comes to money.”
Poefu’a can be contacted on 7236696 if you want to help him with his water situation.