Depending on the plantation to provide for the family is not a bad choice at all.
So says young man Eteuati Vaiao, 27 years of age from Fasitoo-tai. Mr. Vaiao is also a father of three young children.
Mr. Vaiao said he used to work.
But he quit and now he is focusing on raising his family through the fruits of his plantation.
“I used to work at a supermarket but I stayed behind because my small family and I have moved here inland,” he said.
“There were two reasons why I stopped working at the supermarket. We were too far from work and there was also an incident that occurred here when I left my wife alone with my kids.
“So here I am now only working on my plantation to earn a living for me and my small family. I also use the money to support my parents living at the coastal area.”
Mr. Vaiao said he really enjoys his work because this is the only way he can support his family.
“I kind of miss waking up early and going to work but I guess this one is better for me because the work I do is reflected when I receive money from it,” he said.
“At work you sometimes do so much but earn a small amount from the things you do the whole week.
“But at the plantation, you can make a lot of money when you sell your stuff.
“I am also enjoying this work here around my house; not only does it keep me fit but at the same time I know that my family is safe, having no strangers coming to our house.”
Mr. Vaiao mentioned that the only thing that he needs help with is maintaining his plantation.
“There are also a few problems that I’m facing here with my plantation, pigs from other families come and consume my crops.
“Sometimes I wish I had some chemicals from the Agriculture store to help me out with the soil condition.”
He is also looking for a new machete and some other tools.
Mr. Vaiao also added that life is not easy anymore here in Samoa.
“The life we are living now in Samoa is really hard and to me the best way to tackle it is by working.
“Whatever job or work we get we have to pursue it in order to get money to support our families.
“Samoa today is all about money, and if we don’t work hard for it, we will suffer and struggle together with our kids.”