There is always a way to cope with the high cost of living, it just takes determination and hard work.
Fa’auma Ta’alo, 38, from the village of Tanugamanono, knows this very well. He was selling homemade chips in the hot sun when the Village Voice caught up with him.
He said selling chips was his way of coping with the expensive cost of living in Samoa at the moment.
“The cost of living is not cheap and it is really affecting us who do not have a job.”
“This is my job and this is what I do every day except for Sundays - sell these chips so I can make money for my family.”
Mr. Ta’alo said his work was hard but he had no other choice at all.
“It is hard work every day selling these 240 chips because I walk around carrying this basket.”
“But at the end of the day, I have no other choice because this is the only way to make money for me and my whole family.”
Mr. Ta’alo also spoke about how his family was coping with the expensive cost of living.
“My family is really struggling because we are just depending on the money I make from selling chips and that’s about it.”
“I am the only income earner for our family and I guess the money here that I make supports my family as well as paying of all our bills.”
Mr. Ta’alo added he would rather work hard then complained about the cost of living.
“Complaining about the high cost of living won’t bring any good or change, but I just have to go sell chips and make sure to get money to support my family.”