“Life is tough and I should know,” says 22 year old Moriwen Wright aged 22.
She is from Savai’i and is now residing at Leauva’a with her family.
She says that her perspective of life is that she often sees her family failing because life is hard in Samoa and there are many people who are struggling.
She says that not only does the cost of living take most of the people’s money, but also the fact that there are a lot contributions in villages which force people to make loans to cover them.
The young mother hopes one day the government will be able to consider more training and idea for unemployed people to make use of their time.
“I sometimes sit and look at my surroundings and the one thing I have noticed is that life is not easy, it really isn’t,” she told the Village Voice.
“Before I become a mother to my children, my siblings and I used to work together to provide for our family, and it was easy for us to work things out until I had a family of my one I then realised that life is hard.
“Not only is the cost of living increasing to the point where hardly anyone can afford the basics of life, but we also have to deal with other matters which cost us a lot of money.”
She said having only one person working to earn the family some money, you then know that something is not right.
“It doesn’t make sense to have only a few people struggling to provide for a very large family. There are families in Samoa who have only one person working.
“It would be nice if the government organised special jobs and various idea for for people and for family development.
“My husband is the only one providing money for all our needs, while I do my best to help out around the house whenever I can.
“I grow some cucumbers, peas, pumpkins and other crops to help out. These fruits are sold to earn a bit of money.”
Moriwen hopes that the government will do more training in villages to encourage families to work the land.
“Perhaps, provide workshops or education for people so that everyone has the opportunity to be educated to do something useful.
“To tell you the truth Samoa is not easy place to make a living, but I guess with the help of the government ,people will know what and how to develop.”