It’s simple: ‘If we don’t work we don’t eat’

By Deidre Fanene ,

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Uelese Niutini, 46-years-old from the village of Lepea.

Uelese Niutini, 46-years-old from the village of Lepea.

The scriptures are quite clear.

If you don’t work, you don’t eat. Besides, God also promises to reward those who put in the hard work.

And Uelese Niutini, 46-years-old from the village of Lepea, knows this.

When the Village Voice caught up with him yesterday, he was working on his plantation in the rain.

 “We were given the land to work on and even though life is so hard we still have to work,” he told the village voice yesterday.

“Some people when they don’t have money they think it’s the end of the world but it’s wrong it’s not always about money.

“Life means getting by each day with what you have to live.

“It means we have to work hard in order for us to get somewhere and as for us as long as we have the basic things that we need we are okay.

“As long as we have sugar and elegi for food that’s more than enough for us but at least we are happy.”

Mr. Niutini is a father and he works on his plantation to make a living and provide for his family.

“We don’t have to complain all the time because we are have more than what we need compare to other people in other countries who are starving and doesn’t have places to live in.

“We are blessed because for them to have this life is all that they need.

“I know most of us complain about life and how high the cost of living has gone but we ought to be thankful because we are not homeless or starving to death.

“I always tell my children and my life that it’s better to live a poor life than living with so many aitalafu’s, and for some rich people they stress out because they have so many things to think about but for us as long as we have enough to get by each day we are rich.”

He went on to say that everything is alright in his family because they are happy.

“I and my wife don’t work but we are still able to put our children through school which is the most important thing,” he said.

“Our children are our number one priority and we always make sure that they don’t miss a day in school.

“That’s what motivates me to work hard in my plantation so I can sell some of it to get money for their school.

“I’m happy and thankful with what I have and I think this is more that we can ever ask for.”

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