The expensive cost of living is definitely a crisis for Samoa.
These were the sentiments of Elesi Metuli of Tuana’i when approached by the Village Voice team yesterday.
The 53-year-old said at the moment she was working on developing her cabbage patch to earn a living.
“This cabbage patch is all I have to survive. This is all I have to make a little bit of money every single day.
“And without this, I don’t think I can afford to live life because everything nowadays costs money.”
Elesi’s advice to our children is to not take education opportunities for granted.
“Yes the cost of living affects everyone. It affects me, it affects you and it affects our children.
“We all know if our children fail from school, we already know the future they will have. It is our duty to encourage these kids to make use of their parents’ efforts, hard work and money when they’re in school and they should because money doesn’t grow on trees.
“We may not have a solution now for the cost of living but we can come up with ways that could help the future generation cope well with difficulties.
“Life is unfair and hard at times and that’s something we cannot change.”
She added,` “People who are rich enough to afford whatever they want are lucky but for the rest of us here, we sweat twice as hard to do our work to get enough money so we can put food on the table for our families and children.
“This life sure is tough and that’s why whenever I wake up every day, knowing that I’m alive and well, I give thanks to God because I have survived through my struggles.
Elesi said education held the key to control poverty for the future generation.
“Without good education, you won’t get a good job and the cost of living will always be a struggle to you.
“Not only that, but we also must value things that could help us save money; such as plantations.
She added, “We need to help our children in the right direction and make them work for what they want.”