A strong will to get by every day
Finding ways to make money nowadays is not an easy task.
Samuelu Maka, 40, from the Village of Leusoali’i made this comment to the Village Voice team yesterday.
Mr. Maka is a father of six but he supports 12 people who are all part of his family.
“My family depends on our plantation as you can see now that I just got back with our To’ona’i for tomorrow,” he said.
“This is the only way that we earn money from as well, our plantation not only provides food for us, but we also sell some of our harvest.”
Mr. Maka also shared on the difficulty his family was facing today because of the high cost of living.
“The money we get from selling crops goes directly to buying us food and paying the bills.
“It also provides for the kid’s school but mostly goes to family obligations.”
Mr. Maka said no one in his family worked and he was the only one supporting them.
“I am still living with my parents and I support them as well including my wife and my kids and my sister’s kids who lives with us too while she is in Savai’i.
“I would love to get a job but then the problem is my kids are still young and my wife is the one who stays home with my parents while I am out getting our food.”
Mr. Maka added that he was grateful for his plantation and the sea because finding money was really not easy.
“I am grateful that our plantation is here to help us through because we will always have something harvested when we don’t have food.
“I am also grateful for the sea because it helps provides for our feed and for financial assistance.”