Moto’otua Iosefo is a rarity.
While young people his age are rushing off to Apia to get their qualifications in the search for formal employment, the young man from Ti’avea, holds a slightly different view.
Moto’otua makes his way out to sea in the evenings to catch some fish then he wakes up early in the morning to sell them; all with his trusty horse to help him.
“I am on my way home after selling some of the fish we caught earlier,” he explained to the Village Voice.
“I am currently in school but during my breaks I help around the house. I attend Vaisuli School at Aleipata and we just finished exams. That means I have a lot of time on my hands to help my parents.
“I love the life out here and I love helping out my family.”
He explains that his life may not be a walk in the park, but it brings him joy nevertheless.
“I went out to sea last night to catch some fish,” Moto’otua said.
“This morning I woke up early to go sell my catch and now I’m on my way home. I have been doing this for a while now and I don’t mind it at all.
“It brings me joy to be useful to others, especially my family.”
The one thing Moto’otua looks forward to is to finish of school and become more helpful to his parents.
“I can’t wait to finish school and help my parents out more,” he said.
“I know for a fact that if this is the way I continue to live then I will have a blessed life as I grow up. I try to keep my parents happy so they can have a good life.
“My dream is to become a doctor so I can help out others. Whenever trouble occurs then I will have the skills to help out those I love.
“The money for doctors is also great so I can use it to help out my family.”
Being the middle child in his family, Moto’otua looks up to his elder brother who does so much around the house.
“I have eight siblings and my older brother is the one who helps out the most with the family,” he said.
“He does a lot for us because we don’t have much. No one in my family is currently employed and we rely a lot on the ocean to make a living.
“I was only able to sell one fish today for $30 and I will come back tomorrow to try and sell some more. In the meantime, I will go home to do other chores.”