Trust yourself. You are capable of a lot more than you think.
That’s the advice from Sapati Sepasitiano, a 53-year-old father from the village of Vaiusu.
He doesn’t have it all but he says he surprises himself each time he pushes a little harder, whether it’s in finding money to care for his family or whatever he has to deal with in life.
“Nothing is impossible when we trust ourselves,” he said.
“I have six children, five of them are in school (primary level) while the young one is still a baby. Personally, it’s very hard to raise a family, no matter how much energy you put into it you just can’t help it.
“The cost of living makes everything hard for everyone to raise their own (families).
“Our main source of income is by selling chips and sausages.
“We only sell in front of the E.P.C. Vaitele and my two daughters are helping my wife sell snacks and other stuff to earn money for us.
“So we normally receive not more than $20 a day but at least there’s something (money) to keep my family going on the daily basis.
“Life is just too hard, too hard.
Sapati also sells handicrafts to help his family.
“Sometimes, people don’t realize just how fulfilling hard work is and the sort of blessings that you can have if you never give up and keep on moving forward.
“Knowing that what I do is for my loved ones is a real blessing for me.
“To me I share that blessing with my children because I believe this is my responsibility.
“Even though we don’t have enough money, we struggle...but at least we try our best.
According to Sapati, there’s always a way if we have the will power.
“We are all suffering because the cost of goods are rising and pretty soon the money we make will not be enough for anything.
“I mean right now, I am looking at a loan so that I can provide for school uniforms, registrations, everything for my children.
“Schools are back next week...yes and the list goes on and on.
“But what else can we do? I’ll just continue to work hard to the best of my ability to take care of my family.”