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Help For Women Vendors

A training was conducted yesterday in Labasa by the Westpac Banking Corporation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for women market vendors. The one-day Financial Literacy and Business Education
20 May 2015 09:43
Help For Women Vendors
UNDP representative Tomoko Kashiwazaki (right), during the financial literacy training at Labasa Civic Centre. Photo: Peni Drauna

A training was conducted yesterday in Labasa by the Westpac Banking Corporation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for women market vendors.

The one-day Financial Literacy and Business Education training was held at the Labasa Civic Centre.

UNDP representative Tomoko Kashiwazaki said it was to improve the lives of women market vendors through better financial and business competencies.

“Improving market vendors’ business and leadership skills is our core aim,” Ms Kashiwazaki said.

She said the project aimed to ensure that market places in rural and urban areas were safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory environments, promoted gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Westpac Labasa branch manager Matai Daveta said the bank was becoming a choice for women.

“Women empowerment is extremely important to the bank and the project targets women vendors to better understand the financial literacy in their own language,” Mr Daveta said.

Market vendor Viniana Valeyauta said she learned a lot from the training.

“I learned how to bank money for my family and ways to attract customers to my stall,” Mrs Valeyauta said.

The training hosted Indo – Fijians in the morning session and iTaukei in the afternoon.

peni.drauna@fijisun.com.fj

 

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