Elderly father works to inspire young sons

People have different motives for the work they do.

Most people work to get money and that’s because they need to provide for their families. Others do it so their children can see and emulate their footsteps.

Meet Leao Liva Muliaga, 62, from the village of Faleula.

The Village Voice team met up with Leao while he was at his plantation with his wife, and kids doing their work yesterday morning.

He said the main reason why he is still working at the plantation is to get healthy and to show his sons they will not be poor if they continue to work hard.

“I am starting to get old but I am using this as an exercise as well as a lesson for my kids,” he said.

Leao has two children who are working.

On their spare time, they hit the plantation.

“My two sons here work during night time but they also work for me during the day,” he said.

Leao said his family is in a good place, with two sons having good jobs and having their own plantation.

“In terms of our financial situation, I guess we are in a good place because our two boys both have jobs and we also have the plantation,” he said.

“We don’t sell the crops that we get from our plantation, we use it for our food and we also give out to our neighbors when there is more.

“I really enjoy what I am doing, I just don’t want to get old and can’t move anymore, and that is why I keep coming to work and spend my time around here.”

Leao also commented about the cost of living in Samoa.

“I think that this is not only happening in Samoa alone.

“I know for sure that we don’t have to depend on the goods from overseas when they are expensive, we just have to be smart and use the local goods since it’s cheap.”

Leao added that staying healthy is the key to a happy life.

“In order to get healthy and happy, you have to exercise more and enjoy it. I exercise by working in the plantation every day. You should try it, it’s great for your health.”

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