Hard work holds the key to success.
This is a saying that has kept 55-year-old father and grandfather, Ne’emia Nifo of Faleula, sailing through life, despite its challenges.
The Village Voice spotted Ne’emia while working on his plantation yesterday morning.
Ne’emia has six children and four of them have their own families while the other two still live with him and his wife.
“What I do every day is to work on our plantation and plant crops like taro, banana and other crops for my family.”
“We all know that our country nowadays, it isn’t food that is the problem but money to support our family’s basic needs.”
Ne’emia strongly believes his children are his best investment in life.
“I have two children who are still staying with my wife and I, one is at the National University at Papaigalagala and the other one works at one of the companies in town.”
“I thank God for them, not all families in Samoa are rich but our children can create the foundation for a better future.”
“That’s why I’m still working until today, I want to make sure that they’re in school and have a better future.”
Ne’emia adds sometimes he sells taro and ta’amu at the market to help provide for his family’s financial needs.
“Every child has the right to receive the best education,” he said.
“There’s a common belief that faith goes together with work, I don’t want to just sit around and dream big for my children’s successful future while doing nothing.”
“I need to work the land every day, as you can see, this is our family’s land and I want to make good use of it by planting whatever is needed to keep my family surviving.”
He said life was good in Samoa.
“Aside from putting our children first, I thank God that we don’t need to pay any money for the land like overseas countries.”
“We have food everywhere, taro is rotten all over Samoa, but we all know that only money is the problem.”
“So, all we have to do is to find possible ways to help our family and children survive from every day.”