Fa’atoina shares his goals

By Aruna Lolani ,

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A FARMER: Fa’atoina Leusoni.

A FARMER: Fa’atoina Leusoni.

A hundred tala might not seem like much to many people but to others, that amount can contribute a lot to their basic needs.

In Fa’atoina Leusoni’s case, he needs two hundred tala to get his water installed.

“We already have water pipes on this side of the village,” he tells the Village Voice.

“We just need to register and pay $200 cash to get the installation of our water started but you know it’s a slow process because I’m the only one working in the family; and not just any work because as you can see I’m only a farmer and I sell whatever I can get from my plantation to earn a living.

The 39-year-old is from Fasito’o uta and stays with his wife and elderly mother.

They are planning to move inland but Fa’atoina has to get things settle first.

“We have always wanted to move here because it’s peaceful and you don’t have to put up with any new gossip because there are only a few families here.

“So my work here is to develop the lands so that when we move here there’s something to depend on for food.

“But water is the first thing to focus on because water is more important than all the other things.

WORKING THE LAND: Fa’atoina Leusoni of Fasito’o uta.
WORKING THE LAND: Fa’atoina Leusoni of Fasito’o uta.

“These water pipes’ reaching this area is something new because this was not available 20 years ago.

“Now that there are water pipes, I just have to save up the money in order to get our water set up. 

“Everything requires financial payments nowadays so this is my main priority despite the fact that I don’t earn that much.

“I only get about $40 a day from my baskets of taro but it’s not every day that I get to have something to sell because crops need time to grow and become develop as well just like any other living thing.

“So I’m just working things through but eventually I will get there.

“That’s why I always come to work every day and see if anything is ready for the market so I can make some money for our water.

“Being the only one to work for the family; I tell you it’s not easy and it takes a long time until you get what you want but I’m thankful to God for still loving us.

“Honestly for me; I miss out church on other Sundays but I always feel like God is always lending a hand with every difficult situation we go through.”

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