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Waikete Women Rake In Profits

The Waikete Women’s Group in Tailevu is reaping the benefits of the economic projects that had been established through the assistance of the Ministry of Women. In 2013, the ministry
20 Sep 2014 08:05
Waikete Women Rake In Profits
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The Waikete Women’s Group in Tailevu is reaping the benefits of the economic projects that had been established through the assistance of the Ministry of Women.

In 2013, the ministry provided the group with two boats to help them with income generating, the bulk of it derived from fishing.

Elenoa Rokodolo, the president of Waikete Women’s Group said the project proved to be a success for the 45 women members.

“The women depend on fishing and small scale farming for their daily living and most of them earn income through selling fish and shells in Suva market,” Mrs Rokodolo said.

“Given the challenges faced by the women, we had approached the ministry to assist us with boats to help us with our daily fishing activities and we were assisted with two boats worth $1800 and today our group owns another five boats.

“We were able to do this through the savings collected by our group; the boats are also given for hire to fishermen and earnings from each boat on a weekly basis amounts to more than $100.”

“The women also use it to go fishing and are able to earn $80 through selling fish and root crops. Our group has also saved $3000 in the savings account and we also do sewing and making handicrafts to earn income,” Mrs Rokodolo said.

In March 2013, Waikete Village was also declared as one of the violence free communities in Central Division. This was achieved through the 10 months of awareness programmes conducted by the ministry in partnership with Fiji Police.

The Permanent Secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta commented the efforts of Waikete women to become self-sufficient.

“Women free from violence are confident and resourceful for their communities. When women earn income, the impact is felt by their families and communities at large.

To date the ministry has assisted more than 280 women’s groups with such income generating projects,” Dr Koroivueta said. Ministry For Women

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