John Eveni is a man who believes in the work of his own hands.
The 28-year-old is a farmer and at his plantation, aside from taro and banana, he has green peas, cucumbers and other vegetables.
John is living with his older brother at Tuanaimato. He resigned from work because he believes there is more money to be made from the land.
He is planting and growing all kinds of vegetables that his family can eat as well as sell to other people.
In fact, he was on his way to do some work for his neighbours as a break from working in his own plantation when Village Voice caught up with him yesterday.
“Back when I had a job, I realized that I could make more money from the farming life so I decided to stay home and work on perfecting my own skills in my plantation,” he said.
“I work at my plantation all day every day, as for today I’ve taken the day off by working here at this couples land to earn some money.
“Plantation is good money because one basket of taro is $20, banana for $15 and a bundle of green beans or cabbages for $4.00.”
John is proud that his hard work has paid off.
“I don’t have any regrets about leaving my old working life behind because I’d rather work on my own than working for anyone else.”
“I hear a lot of people complaining about how hard life is, but no one ever said it was going to be easy.”
“But to me, I don’t think life is hard, it’s only hard if you don’t work to help yourself and others.”
“I don’t have kids to care for but I do have a family and that’s why I always find ways to make a contribution.
“Life in the plantation is nothing to me because we started from this when my parents were still alive.
“My parents died depending on their plantation and had worked daily so that we could eat and have some money from the fruits of our land.
“That’s exactly the kind of thinking that keeps me going every day.”
“You just need to believe in something to work for every day and that will get you far.