Elderly mother says life is getting harder

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COST OF LIVING TOO HIGH: Alosia Vaifale, 73 year old mother of 9 states that even Christmas sales are not affordable.

COST OF LIVING TOO HIGH: Alosia Vaifale, 73 year old mother of 9 states that even Christmas sales are not affordable.

Christmas sales in Samoa don’t make a difference to the cost of living. 

Such is the belief of Alosia Vaifale who says you can only hope to buy so much with the little money you have.

And the sales are not very friendly. They only chop off a tala or two, which is not a lot.

The 73-year-old from Samalaeulu, Savai’i, told the Village Voice team yesterday that apart from the increasing price of goods, essentials such as cash power, water and petrol were also increasing in prices.

The mother of nine believes there are so many things which need to be completed and in order to make any progress money is the source.

“In this season that we are in there are so many things that is happening such as church activities. We also have family commitments which we cannot avoid; there are also things that happen within the village that needs attendance. All these things require money,” Alosia said.

She says she does not mind spending money on the church because this is where her blessings are found.

She mentioned that since it is Christmas, she plans to take a shopping to Savaii because her husband and her other kids lived there. 

She lives Fa’atoia with one of her children.

They have been living apart because there is no one to look after her grandchildren here in Upolu.

She says there are so many things that she plans to buy, but all things come down to how she budgets her spending.

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