Miriama Le’ava is a mother who stays home to look after her children.
The 26-year-old mother from Levi, Saleimoa and Afega, said she wants to work but at the moment, she is responsible for looking after her children.
“Your duty as a parent is making sure your child stays healthy and strong everyday,” she says to the Village Voice.
“I know it’s not just me though, any parent feels obligated to do this for their children.
“With the expensive cost of living, some parents are working twice as hard to take care of their families especially their children.
Miriama said that the her husband is the only one who works in the family and while husband is working to earn money, she focuses on taking good care of her three little children.
“My husband’s pay is not always enough but we always try to budget so that we can provide for our kids everyday, especially for their school fees.
Miriama shared with the Village Voice that everything else in their family is in good condition such as water supply and electricity but making money is what they are struggling in.
“Money doesn’t come easy and yet that’s what we need the most to take care of our children, not forgetting the many responsibilities that follow.
Miriama said that this is how the Samoan life is and to them, contributing to village and family obligations seems like the right thing to do.
“We are used to this life, so used to it that we’re at a point where we feel like it’s must for money contributions to go to obligations that come up, no matter how expensive it is.
“These are not things that you can run away from.”