Meet Vaisa Tovia, 35, of Sataua, Savaii.
Mrs. Tovia is a shop owner who sells chicken buns. She has three children and the eldest has passed away. When she got married, she moved to Leauva’a with her husband's family.
She spoke to the business team about the challenges she would face when her chicken buns are not sold.
“Struggle is real when there is no sale a day because school fees have to be paid. I want to help my family but there is no money,” Mrs. Tovia said.
“The Nofotane programme by Samoa Victim Support Group is important for women who are not only living with their husband’s family, but unemployed mothers too or anyone in need.
“They taught me how to improve my baking skills, which helped me improve the quality of the food I make to sell. I am very thankful to them for sharing their knowledge and I am determined to learn more.
“I wake up at 4.am to cook, we do the mixture of flour and it’s the hardest part of cooking, so we cook from 4-5am then get ready around 6am then delivery to the canteen.
“I make 150 chicken buns a day that are usually all sold out at the St. Josephs Primary School, Leauvaa canteen.”
Mrs. Tovia has advice for all women who are struggling with life.
“I advise those who are struggling to seek help, you can’t move forward when you’re stuck doing nothing. The key is in your hands to take the first step in making changes for you and your families.”