Changes are part of life. Sefulu Gauolosa’aleifipope, 39, of Matautu Lefaga says she has seen plenty of them.
“As life is moving on I have noticed a lot of changes in everything,” she told the Village Voice
“But thank God that no matter how many of these changes have emerged in Samoa, our people still remain faithful to God and that is more important in this world.”
For Sefulu, she believes that life in Samoa is the best.
“We may struggle but this is home and home is the most comfortable place in the whole world.”
“So no matter how many challenges, I still feel at ease here.”
One of the challenges is the increasing cost of living.
“It is very expensive, as you can see around, people mostly depend on imported goods from the shop so for that reason, we all need money to buy it.”
“Everything nowadays is getting even more complicated, but I tell you the only way to get over it is by working hard.”
“If you don’t work hard you don’t earn it.”
The mother also shared her views about life and hardships.
“Personally, the way I see it, it’s the family’s own fault when they cannot provide for themselves because they don’t work.”
“They just talk about it but don’t do anything to cope with it. They know the value of hard work but pretend to ignore it. Sefulu is a mother of five and her husband is the only bread-winner of their family.”
“Everything is okay in our home, we have water and electricity … despite the rising cost of living, we can still manage.”
“It’s about budgeting money wisely because not only we have family obligations but village and church stuff too …”
“We have just have to cope the best way we can.”