Fa’anati Faleo’o from the village of Solosolo says life is difficult.
But when you get your priorities right, it gets a little easier.
The 40-year-old single male said not having children gives him more time to concentrate on family.
“I put my parents first,” he said.
“Life is difficult only when you’ve got someone else to worry about, like your children and wife.”
“But if you remain single and prioritise your parents, you won’t struggle.”
Faanati stays with his brother.
They look after their father who is sick.
“That’s why it’s easy because we only need to worry about our father’s health.”
“We both are farmers and fishermen and we provide him with what the sea and land offers.”
He was selling fish near the road when the Village Voice caught up with him yesterday.
“The money I earn goes toward caring for our sick father. I don’t earn much but the money still goes a long way covering our needs and wants. It’s good, honest money for us.”
“I hardly go fishing, it is only when my father needs something from the shop. But we have everything we need for living.”
“My plantation has different kinds of crops; I also grow some vegetables.”
Fa’anati believes nothing can be achieved without hard work.
“Things here in Samoa have become very hard,” he said.
“But I guess that’s how life is meant to be. If you don’t want your family to suffer you will do whatever it takes to provide for them.”
“This is also an advantage of staying single, life is getting hard and it’s hard to care for more than three people in the family.”
In the village, life is great.
“There aren’t many problems,” he said.
“The only time we struggle is when our father is sick. It takes time for him to reach the hospital because we live far from the hospital.”
“It would be nice if the government could consider another hospital development in the rural areas. It’s hard to take him around because his body is too old.”