Life is hard but that’s just the way it is.
Ask Enelē Sapati, 30-year-old from the village of Fasito’o-uta, and he will tell you.
“It’s hard but what can you do? We have to accept the reality and deal with it,” he said.
“At times, there are a lot of things I have to deal with.
“As you can see, I’m here to clean up my grandma’s place and land. It is through doing things like this that I earn money.”
Enele earns $30 a day. The money is for his children and their school fees.
He also receives the occasional remittance from his relatives overseas.
“To me, I understand really well the importance of helping family out and that drives me to come to work every day.
“I do it to put my only two children through school.”
Struggles and hardships are not new.
“I know what’s happening to every family in Samoa at this time. Ten tala means nothing nowadays.
“This is why we need to be smart when it comes to budgeting money because life is hard.
Enelē said money wasn’t a problem in the past but not any more.
“Everything in Samoa today depends on money,” he said.
“The truth is – if you don’t sweat doing something your family won’t eat.
“As you can see me right now, I’m working through the bad weather. That’s just the way it is. It’s hard but we’ve got to do it.”