Life is always tough if we don’t work hard.
We have to do all that we can while we still have the chance.
This is what the 66-year-old Ve’a Saufoi of Leulumoega believes.
He caught up with the Village Voice yesterday while relaxing in the shade after his morning-work routine at his plantation.
Ve’a is a strong man for a 66-year-old.
“I don’t rely on anyone for anything this is what I do every day,” he said.
“As you can see even though the sun is high up in the sky, here I am still working, it’s hot but I still manage to break in the shade when I need to.”
He is a father of eleven children. Apart from two who have passed on, his other children are based overseas.
“I stay with my wife and my grandchild,” he said. “And although we don’t have our kids with us here in Samoa, we have never rely on anyone to do the things for us.
“I still do my own plantation.”
Ve’a said working helps them make money and keeps him healthy.
“I grow taros, bananas and tomatoes,” he said.
“So each day I have to take my crops to the village market to earn some money for us; this is my task each day.”
Ve’a is always proud of what he does.
He sells about 5-6 baskets of taros. His most lucrative crops are tomatoes and vegetables.
“At the end of the day, I make enough money to look after my family and buy our basic needs,” he said.
“You see, hard work gains success. We don’t just expect everything from anyone. We’ve just got to stand on our own two feet so that we can get through life.”