Days off are still work days

Hard work is a key component of life that can address the daily struggles we face in Samoa today.

This is the belief of Filiva’a Faleiva, 21, from Faleasi’u. 

Mr. Faleiva met the Village Voice team while on his way home after working on his plantation yesterday morning.

Mr. Faleiva said the reason he was working so hard was because life was hard for him and his family.

“The life in Samoa today is definitely a tough one,” he said.

“I think the basic rule for Samoa today is that if you don’t work; your family will starve and struggle every day.

“I also think the main issue today is earning money.”

Mr. Faleiva said there were only two people working in his family and they also supported them financially.

“I am currently working at the Aggies Resort in Mulifanua but today (yesterday) is my day off and that is why I am out here working and collecting coconuts for our feed tonight.

“So it’s just me and my older brother who work and support our family.

“Both of my parents are very old and sick and that is why we work hard to earn enough so we are able to take care of them and their medical checkups at the hospital.”

Mr. Faleiva also shared their family expenses.

“Our money mainly goes to buying food and our household items and paying the bills.

“And then we have to take care of my parents in terms of their checkups at the hospital and paying for their medicine.”

Mr. Faleiva added that life would be much harder if we just sat around doing nothing.

“That is why today even though it’s my only day off from my work; I am still out here because I don’t want my family to starve.”

“I also believe that in order to survive the hard life today, we have to keep working,” he said.

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