Tough life for Faleasi’u family

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IT’s A TOUGH LIFE: Palepoi Valoaga of Faleasi’u-uta.

IT’s A TOUGH LIFE: Palepoi Valoaga of Faleasi’u-uta.

Happiness is not always about money but life is rough and tough without money. 

Such is the life of Moenoa Sauvao, 43, from the village of Faleasi’u-uta. 

Mrs. Sauvao said life was hard on her end.

“As you can see, we are struggling quite badly,” she told the Village Voice.

“Only one person here in my family has a regular job and that is my husband, who started one month ago.

“Life has been really hard here with us because it’s been two years since we moved here and all the materials we have built our house with were borrowed.”

Mrs. Sauvao said how they earned money to support their family and how they survived.

“We have four children and two of them are in school, while the other two are still young, so we are still trying to earn more to support them.

“Basically we survive with what we have here in our land planted around the house and money we earn from my husband’s work.

“He doesn’t make that much money from his work, but it does enough for us to get sugar for tea, salt and packet of rice.”

Mrs. Sauvao says her house doesn’t have running water at the moment.

IT’s A TOUGH LIFE: Palepoi Valoaga of Faleasi’u-uta.
IT’s A TOUGH LIFE: Palepoi Valoaga of Faleasi’u-uta.

“Another struggle that we are facing today at our place is that we don’t have running water.

“We used to have running water, but it has been cut off because we couldn’t pay it, so now we are collecting rainwater using these huge baskets.”

She says they have an inadequate housing condition.

“My house is not really good, especially it’s the rainy season now and the rain can easily come into the house.

“Another problem with our house is that I have two girls and you can see them changing while walking on the road, and that is something bad for us.”

Mrs. Sauvao added her house uses solar power.

“Just as my husband got his job, he was able to come back with this solar power for our house and he is still paying the rest of it.”

She hopes for some assistance with Christmas around the corner.

“I feel sorry for my children because we don’t have that much money to buy them gifts for Christmas.

“We are still praying for help.”

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