Father hard at work

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani ,

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DOING IT FOR FAMILY: To’oto’o Sula, 60 of Fasito’o Uta and Safai Savai’i.

DOING IT FOR FAMILY: To’oto’o Sula, 60 of Fasito’o Uta and Safai Savai’i. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

To’oto’o Sula is a hardworking father of five. 

Aged 60, the fruits of To’oto’o’s plantation help to take care of his family. 

This is what he told Village Voice. 

“As you can see, we have our own plantation to provide food and money for our family,” he said. 

“I started the plantation when I was in Savai’i so I’m a faiava here and I’m still working as a farmer. Tomorrow, we will be selling bananas and some taros.”  

He went on to say that life is hard when everything is tightly budgeted. 

“To be honest, it’s really hard to stretch the money from day to day especially we have to spend more than $30 for three of our children in school. 

“This is really hard for me, especially when we only have the plantation to turn to.

“I always try my best to work to have some taro and banana to sell to cover every day. 

To’oto’o said his children are his world to him. 

“Personally, I’d rather stay at home, see my children every day and work on my plantation. The hard work I go through doesn’t matter.  

“As I’ve told you before, I’ve been a farmer since before I moved here to settle with my wife. I started knowing my family would live off the land and right now, I’m still working to take care of them using the fruits of my lands. 

“This is me. I’ve always want to provide and contribute to my family to the best of my ability. 

“As you can see, this whole three acres of my land is my plantation. It’s really big and what I’m working on today, is to plant some more taros.

“Knowing that the plantation provide food and money for my family is the best feeling ever. 

“I’m super happy that the virus that is going around Samoa on taro plantations isn’t happening here. I don’t have it and that’s very encouraging to keep on planting.   

He understands that there’s no time to sit around but you need to work extra harder. 

“Life isn’t easy anymore. That’s why I try to work as hard as I can to make ends meet with my family. 

“We all believe that hard work is what matters in life, and if we really meant about loving families especially children, we should go to it.” 

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