No matter what life throws at you, be strong.
“Life can get hard and things can go wrong, but no matter what, you’ve got to be strong,” Aso Mase, 57, told the Village Voice team yesterday.
Aso is from the village of Vaitele Fou and is a father of six.
Village Voice met him while on his way home from collecting firewood.
According to Aso, life in Samoa is getting harder every day.
“The cost of living is really expensive and things are getting harder every day with us,” he said.
“My family and I are struggling so much because of the high cost of living and we are only relying on the small plantation around our house.”
He said only one person in his family was working.
“My eldest son is the only one working and he is the sole provider for all things in our family,” Aso said.
“My other son does not have a regular job but always helps his friends with small contract jobs.”
He also mentioned the hardship his family faced.
“I am a retired worker of the agriculture place in Nu’u and I have been working there for so long. I was hoping to get the retirement payment to build a house for our family but nothing happened.
“So right now I am just helping out here at home and I really want my children to get a job so they can provide for our family.”
Aso said no matter the struggles of life, he would make sure that his family was provided with the best.
“I will also make sure that I work hard in my plantation to provide for my family and will push my children to look for a job to support our family.”