Asora Mamoe is not one to just sit back and wait for a miracle to come.
The 51-year -old from the village of Sataoa admits that life is difficult but it will only get worse if you do nothing about it.
Asora is a father of four and he has been residing at Sataoa for many years with his family.
“I started being a farmer at a very young age,” he told the Village Voice.
“It’s was what our parents did to feed and raise us up back in the days.”
“When I was young, I grew up seeing how much they loved working on the land and that was how they provided for our family.”
“That’s how they provided for the church, our school fees, I mean everything. I saw how successful they were in bringing us up with that type of income and as I’ve mentioned earlier, the land was our main source of income.”
“It’s something that’s still inside of me and I did not want to forget about the path they showed us on how to live our lives...and I want to show my children that same path of success.”
Asora believes that farming is another way to make a living.
“I do all sorts planting,” he added.
“I grow crops such as cabbages, tomatoes, vegetable garden. I have a chicken farm and pigs too. I catch fish for my family and sometimes I sell the fish to earn money for our family.”
“There is so much you can do with our fertile land, in our back yard I also plant yams, taro, banana, cucumber and so many other crops.”
“I know that our land is a blessing so we always thank God for everything.”
Asora strongly feels that there isn’t any poverty in Samoa.
“In my understanding, there is no poverty in Samoa,” he said.
“People are just poor ...they are lazy and do not work, the thing is when I look at other countries then I see true poverty.”
“But, our people are just lazy, the Lord blessed us with land to work, land that can provide food for the family and money through the sales of crops...I mean everything.”
“Don’t expect miracles to just happen.”
He told the Sunday Samoan that life in the village is not the same every day but we have to accept it.
“Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it gets really tough but that’s life, just don’t expect good things to come easily, we must work for them.” says Asora.
“It’s not the same every day.”
“What I mean is that, life back here is good in the sense that people live on their own land and are free to do what they want to do with it.”
“There are times when it’s almost too much to handle, but we have to trust in God and move forward, we don’t have to wait and relax and expect an angel to give us money and food to survive.”
“Just get up and work!
Humbled by the blessings he has received from being a farmer, he says that village life is simple and joyous.
“Life here is great and simple,” he said.
“For me and my family, living in our own beautiful Sataoa is where we can find happiness, this is where our heart is.”