Luatala is a mother of two beautiful children from the village of Lepa.
She lives with her family at her husband’s family at Vaimoso and she is therefore what you would refer to in Samoa as a nofotane.
It was at Vaimoso that Luatala joined the Nofotane livelihood training programme.
At the training, Luatala was interested in learning how to make small purses from coffee mix trash.
She eventually mastered the skill and she is now earning a living to support her family, by selling these small bags.
Even though the beginning years of Luatala’s married life were hard, she still kept going and now everything is falling into place.
Luatala is contented with her new found talent in making handicrafts and everything is well within her family.
At the same training session at Vaimoso, Patisepa Ropeti Auva’a, the niece of Luatala’s husband was also in attendance.
“When I joined this programme, I forgot about all the challenges that was facing in my life,” Patisepa said.
“The programme has given me hope and encouragement when I needed it. I used to feel timid whenever I would have to ask for help but the Nofotane Project really helped me with that.”
“The SHINE session of the self-esteem module encouraged me to find opportunities to earn money. I am now more hopeful that I too can take care for my children, extended family, village and church. I am now selling elei lavalava and the sky is the limit.
“Now I can use all the money I’ve earned to help the different communities I am involved with.”