Farming is a good source of income but a steady job that pays on a weekly basis will be even better.
That's the wish of Kuresa Uatea, 25, from the village of Falease’ela Lefaga.
Mr. Uatea met the Village Voice team while on his way home from his plantation. Mr. Uatea says life is really hard and he is doing all he can to help his family.
“I am not working at the moment and the only work I am doing to support my family is working on my plantation to get food and firewood,” he said. “The only way my family is getting money is through my work at one elderly man’s residence here in my village.
“We have eight people in our family and we are relying so much on our plantation and the sea for a living.”
Mr. Uatea sacrificed his education for his family.
“I stopped going to school at the age of 15 because my family needed me to support them and my parents were not working.
“The only thing we have had was the plantation to work on and the sea is there for us to get food from.”
Mr. Uatea also shared his everyday routine and admitted that he needs a job to support his family right now.
“Usually I have to get up early and prepare the umu to feed us throughout the day while visiting the sea in the afternoon.
“Like today (yesterday), I just came back from the plantation and I went to get firewood for my umu tomorrow (today) and the next day.
“I really need a regular job now to earn a little money to support my family with bill payments.”
Mr. Uatea believes getting a job will help him counter his struggles.
“I believe that after getting a job, my family will be okay because I will provide them with money to support them since everything now in Samoa is money.”
For those willing to provide a job for Mr. Uatea, he can be contacted on mobile phone number 7747559.