“We all know life is not easy and it will become harder and harder if all we do is complain,” says a 31-year-old mother of two from the village of Sale’imoa, Fa’ai’u Visesio.
The Village Voice approached Mrs. Visesio while she was on her way back to her family with wheelbarrow full of paw paws.
“My husband didn’t go to the plantation this morning because he’s not feeling well and that’s why I’m all by myself today” Mrs. Visesio told the Village Voice.
“My family is very small; it’s just my husband, my two children and I.
“No one is currently employed in my family but we can make so much money from the things we grow on the land and even though it’s hard work, it’s worth it.
“I was employed at Yazaki Samoa back in the days until I decided to stay home to look after our two children so that my husband could have more time to work on our plantation.
“When we first started, it was very tough, the motivation and planting the crops was very hard for me and my husband, but we keep on pressing forward.
“I focus on growing these paw paws while my husband grows other crops.
“From $10 that we normally receive from selling these paw paws during this time of the year, I think it will be much harder in the next ten to fifteen years.
Mrs. Visesio told Samoa Observer that there are challenges in life.
“That didn’t stop us from moving forward, but despite all the failures and problems in life especially the high cost of living that we’re now facing - God is still in control.
“We work together many times and I believe this is the key to successful family.
“Maybe we’re poor when people look at us but we have the courage to cope with life many times through prayers.
“Setting good examples to our children of how to develop their family when they grow older is something that we’re looking at now to teach to our children.
She said that farming is a good business.
“My husband and I are just grateful for the blessing of fertile land from the Lord.
“For now, our family don’t really have any plans this time in selling these crops and paw paws.
“But I think our first priority is our children’s education before any other commitments.
“Everything is very peaceful out here and that’s why our village doesn’t have many problems; even with the young people because we have orders to follow.