Hard to find a job? Work the land

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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WORKING THROUGH THE RAIN: Eti Sefo of Faleasi’u.

WORKING THROUGH THE RAIN: Eti Sefo of Faleasi’u. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

No job no problem.

That’s the view of Eti Sefo from the village of Faleasi’u.

Armed with an oso (sharp tool used to plant taro) and a machete, his office is his plantation.

“This is how life is and this is what my life looks like,” he sad.

 “People only suffer because they don’t want to work. 

“I don’t know why people sweat looking for jobs yet we have lands to work on. As long as we have food on the table that’s all that matters. 

“We have taro, we have bananas and if we want to eat something nice. the sea is right there to catch fish.”

Living in the village is a bonus.

 “Sometimes if we don’t have anything to eat for the day because we can’t harvest our crops, then I make my way down to the ocean to get some fish.” 

The 22-year-old is a father of one child. 

“Everything is great here at our family. Of course sometimes we don’t have money but we make do with what we have.

 “I know it’s hard to plant banana trees and taro but we have no other choice because we have no jobs. You see, despite the weather being challenging, I still come out here to tend to my plantation.”

Despite the bad weather for the past few days, Eti said it hasn’t been a problem.

“Today I am so grateful that it’s raining. Every time it rains, I feel this joy in my heart because I know that God is helping my plantation grow.  

 “We have so many obligations in our Samoa traditional ways, so don’t give up if you can’t find a job, farming can also provide for your family.”

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