Tough life on the big island

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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MONEY TALKS: Finau Sefo, 43 years of age from Si’ufaga, Savai’i.

MONEY TALKS: Finau Sefo, 43 years of age from Si’ufaga, Savai’i.

Almost everything in life nowadays requires money.

And even though we are surrounded by resources such as the land and the sea, money still does the talking.

Finau Sefo, 43 years of age and a father of four from the village of Si’ufaga, Savai’i, made his views known yesterday.

Mr. Sefo said life on the big island was really hard.

“Life here in Savai’i is really hard compared to Upolu,” he said.

“It is really hard finding a job here in Savai’i because we don’t have that many companies to work on but lucky enough for me, I am currently working in Amoa.”

“My aim here now, as the only income earner for my family, is to support my three kids in school and one baby.”

Mr. Sefo said their plantation and the sea also contributed to their everyday life, and that was something good for him and the family.

“The plantation is our everyday blessing because it always provides crops for us when we don’t have enough money for rice or bread.”

“The sea is also a blessing because it also feeds us if there is no meat in the shop.”

Mr. Sefo also spoke on why he still needed money.

“Well we always have food here and around the house but then the thing is; we still need money.”

“We need more jobs so we can get money around here because we can’t pay bills and pay school fees with what we have.”

Mr. Sefo added money was also needed during family obligations.

“We also need money when it comes to supporting family obligations and that is why we will always need money because it’s key to living in Samoa.”

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