It’s that time of the year again where Samoans prepare and clean their homes to welcome relatives and visitors from abroad.
Among many doing this yesterday was Maria Osofua, a mother from Falease’ela-tai.
Mrs. Osofua is 61 years old and she met the Village Voice team while carrying out chores at her home.
She said since Christmas was just around the corner, Samoa would no doubt be filled with relatives returning.
“This is the time of the year where families in Samoa host relatives from abroad coming for gatherings and family obligations,” she said.
“Apart from our own people, few tourists will also be travelling to our country and we have to make sure that our place is clean.
“So for me now, I am cleaning my family’s place next to the river because this is our small business, people use the river to bathe and cool down.”
Mrs. Osofua runs a family business right next to the banks of ‘Liua le Vai o Sina’ river, and that is the source of income for her family.
She also mentioned that life in Samoa was really hard, but working is the only way to cope with it.
“We are blessed with the natural environment and this is where we should be looking at to support our families, especially with the high cost of living.
“Money is everything here in Samoa and we have to work hard for our families.”
She also mentioned one of the issues regarding her business.
“The road quality is not that good so we are still waiting for relevant authorities to fix the problem.”
Mrs. Osofua said she was there to make sure her small business was clean so that people could come and relax there.
She also mentioned that she was looking forward to having visitors there, not only local families but overseas families as well.
“Now I am doing my cleaning and preparations immediately because people are coming soon.
“’I am looking forward to having people here so I can earn money to look after my family.”