The family comes first.
Fa’aifo Tuapola from the village of Eva takes this to heart while he continues taking responsibility in trying to make end meets for his family.
The 22-year-old is a farmer.
“It’s just me and my parents living at our house,” he tells the Village Voice.
“No one is employed in this house but I try and make money through my plantation. With the fruits of my land I sell them around the village to earn some money.”
“I know there are many people in Samoa who are making money from the plantation and that’s why it’s hard sometimes.”
“Even the market we see most farmers selling their crops they even build stall to sleep just to sell their fruits.”
The money he gets goes straight in taking care the family.
“My money goes towards things that are needed and that will make life a little easier,” he said.
“The work I do can provide the family with food.”
“My earnings really depend on what I sell, as long as we have food then that’s enough for me.”
Life for him is Fa’afoi secondary focus; his only dream is for his family to have good access on everything in life
“The only thing I want is for my family to be okay,” he said.
“But I can’t do that because I don’t have enough money. I need the opportunity to have a job to work for sure money; that’s my dream.”
“Because to be honest I can’t guarantee that the plantation is always going to be there every time we need help.”
“Without a job then making my dream to provide for my family isn’t come true.”
When asked if his village have any programmes to help the unemployment issue he says no.
“There is no such thing as any programmes conducted to help unemployment people, but if there are in some other villages would be nice if they have us come to perhaps learn of any ideas to help develop families.”
“You know every families are different some are struggle but want to develop but some do struggle but want other people to do the work for them.”
“But I guess a job is the easiest way to help provide families nowadays.”
“I promise to do any job I could and to work with anyone to the best of my ability.”
If you know someone or anyone to help Fa’aifo with a job he can be contacted on 7237220.