Life in Samoa these days requires hard work and sacrifice.
Ask LJ Leota, 29, from the village of Lepuia’i i Manono-uta and that’s what he will say.
“Life here in Samoa today is not that simple anymore because the cost of living is rising and we have to work to cope with it,” Mr. Leota told the Village Voice team while on his way back from the plantation.
“We go to work to help our families in terms of finance and we also have to work our plantation as well to help us with food. “I am supporting my small family; I have two young children as well as my extended family as well.
“I am currently working with other two members of our family and we support our family together with our jobs and our plantation.”
Me. Leota said it was his day off, and he was preparing food for his family.
He said the only thing that he needed help with was equipment for his plantation.
“All is well here with my family, but for me I really need help for few equipment that can help me work my plantation with.
“The road leading to our plantation is not good and it makes me want to seek help for a wheelbarrow to carry my things on from the plantation.”
Mr. Leota adds in order for Samoa not giving up is the key to cope with the high cost of living.
“We need to keep working and make sure our families are being supported through our work.
“There is nothing more rewarding than working to provide for our families in this hard time.”