Many hands make light work

By Sarafina Sanerivi and Ilia L Likou ,

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MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: Fa’aifo Leiluao, 54-years-old from the village of Falelauniu.

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK: Fa’aifo Leiluao, 54-years-old from the village of Falelauniu.

Many hands make light work.

The old adage is true in many facets of our lives. 

It is always easier to finish a job when several people pitch in to get it done.

That is the opinion of Fa’aifo Leiluao, 54-years-old from the village of Falelauniu. 

Fa’aifo owns and operates a small stall on the side of the road. She sells bananas, avocados, vegetables and other crops. 

As a hard working mother, Fa’aifo truly believes in the concept of “working together.”

“Nothing is easy in this life we live in,” she told the Village Voice. 

“You always have to work hard in order to get what you want and to be successful. 

“For me and my family, I don’t depend much on my children who are working. In Samoa, we all know how expensive the cost of living is nowadays, and on top of that, we have these other obligations that we need to do like church donations, family activities (fa’alavelave) and we also have to take care of our families.

“That’s why we decided to have this stall on the side of the road. It helps out with our expenses and it also makes the load lighter for my children. 

“This is my way of helping them out with all the things that they have to pay.”

As a mother, Fa’ailo said this is a lesson she wants her children to learn.

She wants to show them that everything is easy when people help each other and if we work as a team.

“I like to think of my family as a team. And as a team, one player cannot do the job for all of us. We all need to help out and share the load.” 

“And just like a team, unity is very important. When we work together as a team with the same passion, it makes everything easier.

“We are all passionate about improving our lives and we all work together for the betterment of our families. 

“And that is why we don’t really depend on those who are working.”

Moreover, Fa’ailo said she enjoys working on their plantation and selling them because it’s for a good purpose.

“It’s such a good feeling when you work together. No matter how hard life is, when you see other people working with you and supporting you, and then it will just push you to continue working hard.

“And that’s the case for me and my family. I love what I do because I know it helps my family.

“The money we get from this small market helps out with paying our bills and other things.

“God blessed us with lands and it would be a waste if we don’t use it wisely.”

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