Hard work leads to prosperity.
So says Potoi Va’atiuola, 45, from the village of Mulifanua.
Mr. Va’atiuola said even though he has a regular job, that doesn’t stop him from working on his plantation.
“Life is already hard for our people and it will be even harder if people choose to just sit around and do nothing,” he said.
“I am currently employed at a design company and I make $200 a week.
“To me, the money I make is enough for me and our family in terms of food, groceries, toiletries and all that.
“And that is why I still enjoy working my plantation because it helps in budgeting, so I save money because I am able to provide vegetables and crops for our family.”
Mr. Va’atiuola was on his way to his plantation with his wife and daughter last weekend when they met the Village Voice team.
Mr. Va’atiuola says the only time things don’t go according to his budget is when there are family obligations.
“Life is very hard for our family when we have family obligations like funeral and all that because it will cost more than what we have.
“So that’s the only time I will seek help because the money I make will not be enough for that.
“And that is why it’s good to be still working the plantation even though you have a regular job.
“Sometimes I will rely on the plantation for more money to help with the family obligations.”
Mr. Va’atiuola also mentioned that if we don’t work, struggles will follow.
“Life’s struggles will basically depend on the way the person is tackling the struggle they face.
“If it’s about money and food, then we should remember that we have our plantation to work on.”
Mr. Va’ayiuola also added that we still have to work on our plantation even though we still have regular jobs.
“Sometimes we will be sick and can’t make it to work, and then we won’t get paid for that day off.
“But for the plantation, you still can have what you planted even though you only visited three times a week.
“The more you work the more your family will get,” he added.