The way to an easier life is through working hard
While many people claim that the cost of living is high, Sa Mamea does not think so.
The 38-year-old is from the village of Aleisa and he said people need to work hard if they want things to be easier.
Mr. Mamea understands that this is the way to an easier life as he is a farmer and a gardener.
He was on his way to get some lemons from his plantation when Village Voice approached him for an interview.
“I grew up as a farmer, so I will always be a farmer, working the plantation by growing crops,” Mr. Mamea said.
“But at the moment, I’m currently working as a gardener for one of the families in my village.
“So I guess when I’m not working that job, I use up my time to work on my own plantation.”
Mr. Mamea disagrees with claims that the cost of living is expensive.
“If to you, the cost of living is expensive, then it just means you’re not working or you’re not doing anything useful in life.
“Everybody should know by now the cost of living is in response to the work that we do.
“You know, for me, despite the fact that I have a plantation, I still went and got myself another job so I am able to make enough money for a living.
“Whether it’s clearing the land and looking after it, whether it’s hard and tiring, I still do it because that’s how you get to earn a living that can help you support your family financially.
“The times we are in now, it’s not so easy to run away just like that, so your only option for an easier and cheaper life is just by working hard and I advise every Samoan to make use of our land.
“Use it to grow crops and anything else for that matter -- this is for our future generations.”