Meet Mati Maiava.
The 28-year-old is from Luatuanu’u.
He is a farmer providing for a family of six.
No one in the family has a formal job.
They all rely on the plantation for money and food.
It is why Mati works every day. The routine includes planting taro, weeding and then if the need arises, carting the harvest to the market.
“The plantation is where we get our food from because no one works and I’m the only one providing for my family,” he said.
“It’s hard work but it’s what puts food on the table.”
Mati is a single man.
He knows that one day he will have his own family to raise.
In the meantime he said he feels responsible for the welfare of his family.
“I chose to stay home and help out with our family plantation. In the morning and afternoon I work as you can see.”
Asked if he was not interested in finding a job, Mati said no.
“Many people told me to look for a job but I prefer working in the plantation than finding work.
“I love what I’m doing now helping my family. Plus this is who I am, a farmer.”
Mati said when the plantation is harvested, there is a lot of money to be made.
“That’s why I love this,” he said.
“Whatever money we get, we use it. There’s no tax and nothing else to pay. It’s just hard work but that makes the rewards sweeter.”