Life might be difficult but we must never lose hope.
For Malagamali’i Pelenato, of Leulumoega tuai, he believes things will eventually get better if people hold on to hope.
The 43-year-old is a father of five.
“I am a carpenter and I’m the only one to provide for my family in terms of money,” he said.
“This job is a gift from God to take care of my family. I know life is not easy and things are expensive but I never lose hope.”
Many years ago, Pelenato quit his first job because it wasn’t making a lot of money.
“I started to look at something different like what I’m doing today being a carpenter.
“The reason I quit my job then was because my salary was very low and I couldn’t afford or stretch the money to look after my family. So that’s why I started this job.”
And so far so good.
“I don’t get work every day but when I do it’s enough to take care of our basic needs. I also look out for opportunities when people plan to build homes and repair other things in their houses.
“I enjoy it, and I really appreciate it. Without this job, I wouldn’t know where to get a job to take care for my family and my children.”
He believes that life is not about sleeping all day.
“You have to work with your two hands knowing that your children need you,” he said.
“Little or much, I appreciate my blessings. Whatever I earn everyday, I always receive it with a big smile on my face knowing that I’ll be able to feed my family.
“It’s hard sometimes because that’s the nature of this job, but it is all worth it.
“To myself this time, I rather enjoy what I’m doing now than finding a job.”
He also encouraged people hunting for jobs to be creative and use gifts like building and others.
“The thing is that if we wait for the government to help us, it will take ages but we can do things by ourselves to help us and our families.
“Yes, we’re all struggling but we need to find a way to help ourselves. Whatever God has given you this time, a talent, make good use of it.
“Don’t rely on others but work on whatever God has in store for you.”