For Toga Maulolo, a young man from the village of Malie, his schooling days ended in year 10.
As a young lad growing up, he decided to prioritize looking after his struggling family than to finish off his education.
Some years later at age 21, Toga wouldn’t trade the opportunity to provide for his loved one for the world.
“I admit that my family don’t have much,” he told the Village Voice.
“That’s why I wouldn’t pick any other way of life than to stay at home and help out with everything my family needs because there is no one else to help my parents.”
Toga works on his own plantation to provide for his family and he does so with joy in his heart.
“I have a small plantation I currently work on to take care of my family,” he said.
“I grow bananas, taro and other crops which is both sold and used for daily meals. My one and only priority is my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“Many people ask me why; I answer them with a smile and say ‘I do it out of love’.”
Despite his mother trying to convince him to go back to school, Toga feels that he can serve them better with his farming skills.
“My mother always tries to push me to go back to school but I want to stay back and help out around the house,” he said.
“I always want to do my part to provide for them through my plantation. Right now you can see that I am just about to hit the plantation to get some crops for dinner.”
“One thing I know for sure is that the Lord has blessed me with a talent in farming to take care of my family. I also know that when I use this talent as much as possible for my loved ones, I will be blessed by God.”
Honest, hard work is what Toga goes by and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Ever since I started my plantation, I have been able to help my family in many more ways than one,” he said.
“This is the life I choose and this is the life I want. One lesson in life that I always follow is that I must finish what I started and since I started this plantation, I have to stick to it.”
“My plantation is a good source of money and food for my family. I want to stick to it as long as possible. I have to be strong for those I love and that is all that matters most in life.”
Working from the early hours of the morning till late hours in the evening, Toga’s smile never leaves his face.
“I start my work in the plantation at around six in the morning,” he said.
“I try and do as much as possible before the sun comes and drains my strength. Early in the morning is the best time to work in the plantation especially it is cool during this time.”
“I stay away from alcohol and cigarettes because it’s a waste of money and it will affect the way I work to look after my family. We are doing really well now and I am happy to be part of that.”