Love knows no boundaries.
It makes you work even when your body tells you to stop.
That is true for Saluma Matu’u of Moamoa.
The Village Voice caught up with her while she was selling koko Samoa, baskets of popo and baskets of banana at their Village market.
The 52-year-old does everything in her power to look after her 17-year-old daughter.
But it’s a tough life when age is creeping up on you.
“I don’t know any other word to explain how expensive the cost of living is,” she said. “But we all know that nothing is easy in this world.”
The mother used to have a regular paying job.
But she lost her job and now she is working from home. And without a man at home, she is alone.
“I’m old and I can’t do heavy work,” she said. “Sometimes when my daughter gets home from school, we roast some koko to sell. No matter how tough life is, I still manage to look for food for my daughter.”
Saluma’s daughter is educated at Leulumoega Fou College.
“It’s just the two of us at our home, so selling koko, banana, and coconuts is our only way of earning money.
“We make do with what we have but what my daughter and I need the most is some help with her school fees.”
Saluma has a speech impairment.
But that doesn’t stop her from being the mother and father to her daughter.
She said she would love to work as a housegirl if someone is willing to offer her a job.