Mother tells of everyday struggles with money

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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TOUGH LIFE FOR YOUNG MOTHER: Vaoita Upulasi.

TOUGH LIFE FOR YOUNG MOTHER: Vaoita Upulasi. (Photo: Iliā L. Likou)

Life is a tough struggle for mother of three, Vaoita Upulasi, from the village of Faleasi’u-Uta. 

She told the Village Voice team yesterday that not having enough money to take care of essential daily needs affect families in so many ways.

“We all know the case in Samoa, crops and vegetables are rotten everywhere, but money is always the problem,” Vaoita said.

“No one works to support our family financially and that’s the main challenge we face every day.

“That’s why my husband is still looking for job right now, but it will be much better if he gets one.”

She believes money makes people live a comfortable life. 

“It helps us provide the best possible education for our children and as you can see, we have two young girls and our dream right now is to put them in school. 

“But we can’t do that if my husband doesn’t have a job, he applied to many companies, but we haven’t received any good news as of today.”

The expensive cost of living, Vaoita said limited people from using money on themselves because focus is on meeting daily needs. 

“That’s how my husband and I are working out everything right now when it comes to spending money we earn.

“I’m still praying for a job for my husband and then everything will carry on smoothly.”

She said being a mother is not easy.

“As parents, we all want our children to grow up to be responsible and good people,” Vaoita said.

“I tell you, it’s not easy, especially when God blessed our family with two little girls.

“And we all know that raising a family requires more than just walking straight into it and then you live happily ever after.

“Our children need our time and we need our time with them to for their good.

“We all know that there were wonderful highs and wonderful lows in life, yes, and one of many that we go through is the money we budget is not enough to meet our daily needs.”

Vaoita says her children need to understand that life these days is getting hard and more difficult, but they need to keep working.

“That means they need to be strong themselves and do good in life so that they can survive together with their children and their children’s future.”

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