Fruit of hard work allows father to feed his family

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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Amilale Misiluki from Tanumapua is a hardworking father.

Amilale Misiluki from Tanumapua is a hardworking father. (Photo: Ilia L. Likou)

Amilale Misiluki from Tanumapua is a hardworking father of two.

Aged 41, the fruits of Amilale’s plantation helps to take care of his family.

That is what he told the Village Voice. 

“We have our own plantation to provide food and money for our family,” he said.

“I started the plantation when I quit my job as a mechanic last year. Today, I sell bananas for $10, we usually collect not more than $20 a day.”

He went on to say that life on the shoe-string budget is hard.

“To be honest, it’s really hard to stretch that money for one day especially we have to spend $15 per day for our two sons, still in primary level.

 “This is really hard for me, so I always try my best to work as hard as I can to budget wisely.”

He said his children “are my world, my everything.”

“Personally, I’d rather stay at home, look at my children everyday and work on my plantation.

 “As I’ve told you before, the one reason I started this was for my family...I love my family especially my children. Right now, I’m still working to take care of them.

“To be honest, this is me, I always want to provide and contribute for my family to the best of my ability.

“I want to make sure that they go to school every day. And setting  a good example for my children is the best feeling ever. It’s a joy!”

He said that his plantation covers one acre of land.

“It’s really big and what I’m working on today is to plant taro. Knowing that the plantation will provide food and money for my family is the best thing ever.

“Every morning, I start early like at half past six trying not to catch the sun and finish around twelve to one. That’s me everyday.

He understands that there’s no time to sit around but ‘to continue on working’

 “We’re having those days where the cost of living is right above the sky and we don’t have to just sit around and wait for a miracle or someone to help us.

“Life isn’t easy anymore. That’s why I try to work as hard as I can to make ends meet with my family.

“We all believe that hard work is all that matters in this life. If we really love our family and our children then go and work for it.”

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