Samoa is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’; the jewel in the crown, that is the Pacific Islands.
Brochures show beautiful white sandy beaches, palm trees and coconuts, and life on the island is advertised to tourists as laidback and carefree.
It’s true in a way.
But for many people living in Samoa, life isn’t always so blissful.
The high cost of living in conjunction with a dismal average minimum wage, $2.37 an hour, means many Samoan families find it difficult to get by on a day-to-day basis.