A decent home means different things to different people.
Depending on how much money you have, your idea of an ‘okay’ house might be a world away from the next person.
For Litia Uelese, aged 32 of Satapuala, her home is a basic shelter.
It’s something she dreams will be transformed in the near future.
“It has been three weeks since we moved here with my husband and our three children, so we are just settling down at the moment,” she said.
“We used to live at my husband’s family located on the other side of the village but since it became too crowded, we have decided to relocate.”
Their home is located near the plantation.
They don’t have electricity or running water.
“We have access to water through our water tank but not electricity.”
“We are using kerosene lights at night. In terms of lighting, I think we are okay.”
Litia said they plan to build a more steady house.
“Our concern is our children, we want them to be safe. They are young and they are our priority.”
The couple said they are looking at taking out a loan.
Their options include the Samoa Housing Corporation, whom they are hopeful will help.
“At the moment, we are still waiting for the Housing Corporation to respond to our plea so hopefully we get to receive help from them,” she said.
Litia’s husband is the only breadwinner for the family. He works hard and does his best to provide.
“As you can see we have a small faleo’o very poor appliances,” she said.
“I pray therefore that one day we will be able to get a new comfortable and better place. We want this for the sake of our children.”