Still a young soul

By Aruna Lolani ,

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FATHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN: Iopu Lui from Fasito’o uta.  Photo / Talimalie Uta

FATHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN: Iopu Lui from Fasito’o uta. Photo / Talimalie Uta

Age is just a number.

Ask 58 year old Iopu Lui and he will show you how age doesn’t define his energy to work.

Iopu from Fasito’outa is not only a father, but a farmer and a fisherman at night time.

He was just on his way home from the plantation when he was interviewed by the Village Voice team.

“Everything is going well in our family and in our village,” he told Village Voice.

“I was just working on my plantation; it’s one of the tasks that I always do every day while I still have the energy and time.”

According to Iopu, he has two kids who are currently working to support the family financially.

“I work as well; as a fisherman, I always sell my fish to get some extra money for the family.

Iopu Lui
Iopu Lui

“I always go fishing in the evening with one of my sons and then come back the next morning, it may seem hard but it’s not. I’m used to it.

“And when I’m back from fishing and still in working mode, I use up a little of my time to do some work in the plantation and also get something to make food for the family.

“Without this kind of work; the cost of living would be more of a struggle for us.

“I know the cost of living has gone up but in my own opinion, I think it is more expensive for those families who have nothing and have no one that works to earn money.

“But once you have working people in the family, then everything will be allright; I should know because that’s how it was for me and now I have my children to support me with everything.

“For me, I still consider myself as a young soul because my body feels okay and capable of working.

“I’m also a man of God; I keep my faith and always keep in my heart that without God, I am nothing.”

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