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Sewing Machines for Kaba Women, Dilkusha Home

Sewing machine is a working tool that women and girls, when instilled with sewing skills and talents, can use to provide a source of income for families, says the Minister
08 Aug 2015 10:55
Sewing Machines for Kaba Women, Dilkusha Home
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (right), at the handing-over of the sewing machines to the Kaba Women’s Group in Tailevu and Methodist Dilkusha Home, Nausori.

Sewing machine is a working tool that women and girls, when instilled with sewing skills and talents, can use to provide a source of income for families, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar.

She made the comment during the handing-over of sewing machines to Kaba Women’s Group in Tailevu and Methodist Dilkusha Home, Nausori.

Three sewing machines were given to Dilkusha Home and two to Kaba Women’s Group.

“Sewing machine is an avenue where women become business entrepreneurs, where they become financially independent, raise self-confidence and esteem and build a life of self-reliance and freedom,” Ms Akbar said.

“This is about self- employment opportunities.”

Trainers would also be provided to visit the group and educate girls and women on sewing and maintenance skills, she said.

“Women are good agents of change, therefore we must must equip ourselves with business mindsets and hard work and the will to get the job done. The outcome will impact the livelihoods of our children and families.”

Home deaconess Leba Laveti welcomed the assistance saying it will also help girls in their care who had been vocational studies in schools.

“We have three girls who are doing vocational studies and they learn sewing and cooking,” Ms Laveti said. “The sewing machines came at a good time for them and the girls will make the best out of them.”

Kaba Women’s Group leader Maca Toronikaba said their members now have more chance to earn money.

“We have 30 women in the group and our main income is through weaving. Now we can incorporate sewing and earn more and also sew uniforms and sulu jaba and much more” Ms Toronikaba said.

Since 2009, the ministry has distributed 3077 sewing machines to 1709  communities and 25 individuals.

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