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Empowering Rural Women

September 04
07:25 2014

The Ra province is preparing to witness the opening of its first resource centre in Nativi Village, Nalaba, Ra.

The new infrastructure called, “Nativi Women’s Resource Centre,” has been built with the funding of $27,000 by the Government and it has been designed to boost income generating and avail skills training opportunities for women and youths in Nativi Village.

The centre will be officially opened by the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni.

Representing 74 women of the Nativi Women’s Group, their president, Uliana Nabole, said they were expecting more than 200 people to take part in the programme.

“We are all excited and looking forward to welcome the government delegation and nearby villagers to see the opening of this wonderful facility in our village. The new centre is a much awaited development for Nativi women and youths, it will increase economic productivity and utilisation of readily available local resources to earn income for our families,” Mrs Nabole said.

“The core product made at this centre will be kuta. We have been making handicrafts made from kuta and are able to earn good money. From the recent National Women’s Expo held in Suva, we were able to earn more than $1000 just by selling a few kuta, including handicrafts like mats and baskets. Our group has also developed a business plan and we also plan to sell our products at hotels and resorts.”

Village headman Ilai Nabole said the new facility would be instrumental in uplifting the lives of 300 people in this village.

“We are grateful to the government for initiating this new development in our village, this would promote self-sufficiency, provide employment opportunities for women and youths. When women will earn income they will invest it in improving the lives of their families. This project has united the men and women to work together to build a good future for our children,” Mr Nabole said.

To date the ministry has opened more than 16 women resource centres around Fiji. These centres are standalone facilities fully equipped with funding of more than $25,000 provided by the ministry.

The land and labour has to be arranged by the villagers as part of their contribution towards development.
Similarly, to date the ministry has built 52 women centre extensions around Fiji through providing the building materials worth $5000 to $7000.

These centres are attached to the existing infrastructure in the communities and also offer skills development and economic opportunities for women and youths.

Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation

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