We’re blessed with fertile soil; that’s all we need

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Lei’ata’atimu Purvis speaks of his job - working in the plantation.

Lei’ata’atimu Purvis speaks of his job - working in the plantation.

You don’t have to worry if you don’t have any paid work.

Lei’ata’atimu Purvis, 43, from the village of Levi Sale’imoa, knows this very well. 

Mr. Purvis is unemployed, and he knows the land’s worth.

He says life in Samoa is still great because the land is readily available for the people. 

“There are three people in my family who work to support our family.

“But for me, I don’t work because the plantation is my job. I provide crops for my family.

“I don’t sell anything from my plantation as well because it is only for subsistence use.

“So that is why I don’t worry if I don’t work because I know this is my job and my family is grateful for my work, especially supplying them with crops.”

Mr. Purvis says office work is not the only method of providing financial assistance for your family.

“You can also get money from the plantation and it will depend on the crops you sell,” he explained to the Village Voice team yesterday. 

“You will also get money from the vegetable garden when you start selling them, as well as selling your daily catch.

“There’s a number of ways to make money in Samoa, but depends on the person, whether they want to make use of those methods or not.”

Mr. Purvis adds he is grateful of the rain because it helps his plantation.

“The rain helps our soil and in return we get good harvest.

“Samoa has been blessed with natural resources and we have to make the most of it in order to survive.”

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