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Clean and full of love

Matilda Simmons
Saturday, February 03, 2018

SHE toils quietly around her house, making sure every spot is spick and span.

Eseta Leba is a house-proud woman. Every part of her home is neatly kept; you won't even feel the dust on the floor.

The Yadua villager is unaware of her husband, Joseva Rasei's gaze. He watches her with love in his eyes.

"My wife is the most kind-hearted and hardworking woman, I am blessed to have met her," he said.

The couple, who are in their late 50s, have been married for the past three years.

In almost every part of the conversation, Mr Rasei turns to his wife to ask for her opinion. It's heart-warming to see how he respects her views.

We met the couple at their home at Denamanu Village on Yadua Island, Bua.

Their house offered a brief respite for some of the visitors who descended on their village last week during the Uto ni Yalo's voyage to the North. It stood out from the other homes of corrugated iron the on island because of its well-kept garden and lawn.

"I thought it was the best investment to move back and build my home. My wife loves flowers. Since we were together, whenever I came to the village during my leave, I worked on my plantation and our flowers. I plant sandalwood and then continued a greenhouse," he said smiling.

Mr Rasei is a retiree having worked at the Public Service Commission for more than 20 years as a watchman. He said it was the right decision for him to return home.

"Because we have land, we can do whatever we want at our own pace. If someone comes from Suva to the village, you have to be foresighted," he said.

"My wife is a tailor. When we came I bought two sewing machines for her. She provides tailoring jobs for every function; weddings, birthdays — it's our main source of income while our vegetables and plantation sustain us."

Mr Rasei's advice to workers with land is to make use of what they have.

"Life in the villages can go around in circles, our mind is not broadened. It's good to come out, experience the benefits of urban life and go back to develop your village.

"When I finished my work in Suva, I made it my aim to build my home. It was the first thing because no matter where we go, we will always return to our nest.

"If you're in town, serve God faithfully, work hard and faithfully. In villages small tasks are looked down on … things like where you can make money.

"The status of such developments need to be raised so villagers can be enlightened," he said with finality.

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