Twenty two year old, Maima Afoa is selling suafai and koko esi to earn money for her family while she is looking for a formal job.
“There are seven of us and this is what I do every day helping my family in terms of money to provide for their needs,” she told Village Voice.
“As a young teenager I don’t have time to sit around and do nothing, I have to help my parents and my siblings.”
“I love doing this even though the money I earn is not enough but it’s the least I can do to help my family.”
“I earn more than a hundred tala a day if it goes well. If not I receive nearly a hundred tala and that money goes straight to my parents.”
“I see that lots of the younger generation of our country haven’t decided on what to do with their lives but everything in life is useful.”
Maima is wishing for one thing this year.
For her mother to celebrate Mothers Day she wants to get a job as soon as possible.
“I just don’t want a job I need one” she said
“Selling suafai and koko-esi is a job but I want a formal one so that I can earn enough money by working hard for it.”
“The money I earn is for our water and electricity bills. If there’s anything left, I save it up because we don’t know what wil happen in the future.”
“I love my family that’s why I do this to help my siblings and my family when it comes to family obligations not counting village and church donations.”
“It cost us lots of money so selling suafai and koko-esi is the least I can do to help.”
“Whatever job I get would be more than enough for me.”
“I don’t like choosing jobs because what’s important is for me to help my family.”
Maima wants nothing but love for her mother as Mothers’ Day is ahead of us
“Selling Samoan food is for my mom to know that I can provide for our family in whatever job I get.”
“And lastly it is to show her how much I love and appreciate her for everything she has done for me from the very beginning.”
If you have a job offer for Maima she can be reached on telephone 7632319.