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Timely Gift For Ba Women

The women’s groups in Ba were delighted to receive sewing machines from the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. These donations were presented to women’s groups that had participated
09 Dec 2014 08:15
Timely Gift For Ba Women
The Ba women’s group. Photo: Ministry of Women

The women’s groups in Ba were delighted to receive sewing machines from the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

These donations were presented to women’s groups that had participated in the 16 Days of Activism Awareness Campaign commemorated in Ba last week.

Thirty-six sewing machines were presented to 18 women’s groups by the Minister Rosy Akbar. She encouraged the groups to put the given tools to good use to benefit their families.

“These sewing machines have been presented to you through the ministry’s partnership with the Republic of China. These tools have been provided to you with the hope that it will help your group to sew school uniforms and acquire tailoring skills as a means to generate income,” Mrs Akbar said.

Raj Tilak Chand, president of Ba Sanatan Nari Sabha said the donation would motivate more women to join their clubs.

“We are indeed proud to meet with the minister Akbar, and within a short span of time into her new role, she has demonstrated great commitment towards the development of women in Fiji,” Mrs Chand said.

While speaking on behalf of the Koronubu Women’s Club, their president, Luisa Doughty, thanked the ministry for the timely donation.

“The sewing programme will enable us to save money and also earn income for our families through sewing daily wears like sulu jaba, men’s shirts to name a few,” Mrs Doughty said.

To date the ministry has distributed more than 2800 sewing machines to over 1700 women’s groups. Fiji’s First inaugural National Women’s Expo organised at Vodafone Arena in August this year also provided an avenue for the women to sell their sewing products along with other locally produced items.

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