Mother makes most of Samoa’s fertile soil

By Vatapuia Maiava and Ilia L Likou ,

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS POVERTY WHEN  WE HAVE MANY OPTIONS TO MAKE A LIVING: Lemafo’e Tele’a, 49, from the village of Vaiala.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS POVERTY WHEN WE HAVE MANY OPTIONS TO MAKE A LIVING: Lemafo’e Tele’a, 49, from the village of Vaiala.

Lemafo’e Tele’a, from the village of Vaiala, believes the people of Samoa can never go hungry.

That’s as long as they continue to plant food crops.

Being a woman who works hard in the plantation, Lemafo’e says people can feed off the land.

The 49-year-old was spotted selling avocados. She says that when you are lazy and sit around at home, you will end up struggling.

“There is richness in the soil to plant different crops,” she told the Village Voice.

“That’s why I strongly believe that there is no such thing as poverty in Samoa. You can have a plantation that can be used to take care of your family.

“My personal opinion on how everything is in Samoa is that there are way too many lazy people who just sit around and not lift a finger to work.

“I don’t understand those types of people; they sit around and complain while we have so much land we can work on.

“There are many who are struggling in Samoa simply because they are lazy and don’t want to support themselves.”

Lemafo’e walks the talk with her hard work in the plantation and says that the key to a good life is to stray from a lazy lifestyle.

“Just like I said before, there is no poverty because we have so many options in this nation to make some money from,” she said.

“Take my family for instance; we make a living by selling a lot of our crops that we grow. We try and make the most of the richness of the soil.

“In order to live, you have to work hard.”

Lemafo’e also explained that you can benefit from seasonal fruits as well and not just the crops you grow. She says that to survive in this life, you have to be smart about things.

“You also have to be smart,” Lemafo’e said.

“When it comes to specific seasons like the mango season, then we make the most of it by selling as many of the fruit as possible to get a bit of cash.

“But right now, I am very grateful that my family has enough to get by on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter what we want and need, there is always a way to get it through hard work.”

We live in a society where family always comes first, that should be enough to get anyone on their feet and do some hard work.

“In Samoa, our priority is and will always be taking care of our family,” Lemafo’e said.

“That’s why there are many of us who will accept any sort of work just to be able to make a living for those we love, especially for the children.

“We have that mindset where we always have to keep moving and working because we have that high cost of living to deal with.

“You can grow almost anything on the soils of Samoa.”

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