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Sewing Machines To Improve Village Standards

The Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni’s donated 12 sewing machines to six women’s groups at Wailoku Settlement in Tamavua yesterday. The sewing machines were distributed to the six representatives
06 Sep 2014 08:34
Sewing Machines To Improve Village Standards

The Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni’s donated 12 sewing machines to six women’s groups at Wailoku Settlement in Tamavua yesterday.

The sewing machines were distributed to the six representatives during the handover.

Majority of the people living in the area are of Melanesian descent.

The sewing machine programme began in 2009 and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation have distributed more than 2414 sewing machines.

It has also established a network with 1900 women’s groups.

The programme has also culminated into a network that organises Fiji’s first National Women’s Expo held at Vodafone Arena last month.

Dr Luveni said women played a vital role in the development of a country and this was one of the best ways for them to practice their managerial skills.

President for the Melanesian Women’s Group, Laisa Rayawa said this was the first time for a woman minister to visit them.

“We are grateful to the Government and for its assistance and this will enable us to generate income that will help assist with the development in our village,”Mrs Rayawa said.

She said more than 40 women are part of the group and most of them are housewives.

“I believe that women in our group will be encouraged to set up their own businesses and to help improve their family’s living standards,” she said.

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