Hard work the key to survival

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Hard work is key to an easy life in Samoa these days, Iosefa Fonotoe says.

Hard work is key to an easy life in Samoa these days, Iosefa Fonotoe says.

While life is not easy, complaining about it won’t be able to help you out.

This is the belief of a father of three, Iosefa Fonotoe.

The 46-year-old hails from the village of Luatuanu’u. Mr. Fonotoe said the only good way to tackle this hard life is through hard work.

 “Life here in Samoa today is really expensive and our my son is the only one who works in my family,” he said.

“My son is works at the hospital and he helps me support and provide for our family.

“The life these days is hard, if we don’t work, we will suffer and not able to feed our children.”

Mr. Fonotoe was on his way to sell his pawpaw when the Village Voice team met up him yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Fonotoe said selling pawpaw on their village’s roadside is what he does for a living to help his family.

“I have been doing this for a year now and this is something that contributes to the income our family earns.

“I usually earn $80 per week and to me that is enough for sugar, salt, or even the bread for the kids.

“Life today is really hard and we have to make sure that we have something to work on to tackle life’s struggles.

“We should also know that we Samoans are known of the way we support our families in terms of family obligations, and that is where our money goes most of the time.

“We don’t have to complain about these stuff because our parents came through it and they moved pass it.”

Mr. Fonotoe added life will not be a smooth ride until the end.

“There will always be hard times and that will test us on how hard can we work to provide for our kids and families.

“There will be times that we have to struggle so that we can learn from it.

“But then we don’t have to complain about it instead we should start working and make something good you believe it can help you and your family.”

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