A life of hardship in modern Samoa

By Nefertiti Matatia ,

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TRYING THEIR BEST TO SURVIVE: Sauto’a Kini, a 35-year-old from Aele.

TRYING THEIR BEST TO SURVIVE: Sauto’a Kini, a 35-year-old from Aele. (Photo: Nefertiti Matatia)

Sauto’a Kini has a story to tell of Samoa’s realities these days.

The 35-year-old from Aele is unemployed and he is in dire need of a job. 

He is married and has no children, but he says a job would help his family address some of their daily struggles. 

For a start, it would help with their water supply which was disconnected in December last year. 

“I live with my parents, grandmother, uncle and his children and also my three other sisters with their spouses. There are ten people in my family, but that excludes my nephew and nieces who also live together with us,” he shared with the Village Voice team yesterday.

“Since our water has been disconnected, we fetch buckets of water from other relatives and this is such a lot of work.” 

He says only his father and uncle work, but the money they receive is never enough for a family that has more than ten people living together.

“There are five of us who are looking for any work just to earn money. We just want our family to be stable because our water bill has reached a $1,000 and this is why it has been disconnected. The cost of living has become very expensive which means no money, no life,” he added.

Mr. Kini says they rely on the land for food and sometimes when they run short of money they sell their crops just to make it to the next day.

“We sometimes sell the bananas that we grow in our plantation, not only that, we grow peanuts as well.”

He says the expensive cost of living is a contributing factor to their daily struggles.

Anyone who is eager to help Mr. Kini’s family can contact the number 7770393.

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