Man works hard to overcome struggles

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani ,

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MONEY MAKES WORLD GO ROUND: Lameta Falelua, 30, of Aele and Vaimoso.

MONEY MAKES WORLD GO ROUND: Lameta Falelua, 30, of Aele and Vaimoso. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u )

For Lameta and his small family living at Aele and Vaimoso, they may not have much but they try their best.

The 30-year-old Lameta works at a Chinese shop to provide for the family.

He doesn’t make the best of money in the world but it’s a job, he said.

“Sometimes we don’t even have food but it’s through the help of my relatives and some people who I stick by that we are able to survive,” he said.

His job involves delivering goods around the country. When he has free time, he also does odd jobs for extra cash.

“To tell you the truth, my wife and I only just moved in together one month ago,” he said. 

“We lived at my family at Aele. While I’m at work my wife grows some fruits to help me with earning money.” 

“We are doing alright with power and water but all we need is money to get by each day.” 

“At home, we have enough food. We have bananas, taro and other different fruits like pumpkins, cabbages and cucumbers around our house.”

Lameta said money is everything these days. 

 “We need money for a lot of things in life,” he said. 

 “As you all know, if we don’t work we don’t earn a cent but nowadays we do work but we work for minimum wages.” 

Raising a young family is certainly not easy.

 “It’s not just my parents that I’m working for but also my wife. That’s my commitment and my priority.”

As for the future, he is positive.

“I know I’ve just got to work harder. Every step of the way counts.”

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