For today and the future

By Aruna Lolani ,

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KNOW THE FRUIT OF HARDWORK: Fa’aloloa Va’a Ah-Soon of Levi Saleimoa.

KNOW THE FRUIT OF HARDWORK: Fa’aloloa Va’a Ah-Soon of Levi Saleimoa. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Fa’aloloa Va’a Ah-Soon of Levi Saleimoa has always been a hardworking person.

Besides being a 44-year-old father to three children; he is a farmer and a businessman.

“Most of the time I work at the plantation but on some other days; I help out my wife with our small shop,” Fa’aloloa said to the Village Voice.

“It is my business and my work that covers the basics especially in a situation where some customers cannot afford to pay what they owed us on time.”

“So having a plantation kind of help me make some extra money to pay for the money that we have lost to other people.”

When Village Voice spotted Fa’aloloa, he was on his way to fetch some food from the plantation.

He said he can never pass  working on a beautiful sunny day.

“I try my best to rest only on Sundays and rainy days but I go everyday to check on my plantation and sometimes I go four times a day when I’m so into my work.” 

“The thought of working hard for my family has stuck with me because I understand that if we don’t work or do something; we are surely going to die of starvation.”

“Not only that, but if we don’t work for what we want; our children are going to grow up like the youth of today; unreliable and mostly depend on others.”

“That is why I prefer doing farming because it’s a way of living I’m used to. I have gained the knowledge to develop crops and vegetables.”

“That is where a big part of our income comes from and that’s the honest truth. I get a little bit of money everyday from my work and I’d like to think that this has kept us going for a long time.”

“I know a lot of people belittle this kind of life but for me; I know exactly what it means for us now and in the future and that’s why I work at my best when it comes to it.” 

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