“Your talents are a gift from God and what you do with it is your gift back to God.”
Twenty five year old Lino Feo from Sauano, Fagaloa may be unemployed but it doesn’t mean he’s not making use of his time.
This young man is known as a sculptor, a carver in his village and he does traditional carvings for a living.
“I have carved for many people and I’m not boasting or anything, but I know my talent pays me a whole lot more than I deserve, probably more than any company that I will work for.
“I don’t know if anyone remembers, but one of my biggest jobs was making the traditional dance tools for the L.D.S. Church College performance for Independence in 2016.
“It was a big job, good money and it helped us a lot.
Lino is a father of three children and they are all in school, two attend Vaitele Primary and one attends Anoama’a.
“I wouldn’t say it’s easy work because it’s something that requires you to not lose your focus when you’re doing it; it requires a lot of energy and a whole lot of love.
“It takes me about two weeks to get a huge order ready, that’s if I work everyday.
When asked by Village Voice if he can ever imagine himself working somewhere else, he said “Honestly, I don’t think so.
“This is my talent and I know a few of us here in Samoa are good at carving so it’s best to show it to the world because a lot of our people still treasure whatever is left of our traditions and customs.
“There are people in Samoa and all over the world that love the work we do and what we can provide for them.
“I am thankful to God that I have this ability because it helps me make a living.”