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84 % Of Licenced Fijian Crafters Are Women: Koya

Eighty-four per cent of Fijians who are licensed as Fijian crafts are women. This was revealed by Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, yesterday while handing over
15 Oct 2015 10:40
84 % Of Licenced Fijian Crafters Are Women: Koya
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar (in white and green dress), and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya with licenced crafters yesterday.

Eighty-four per cent of Fijians who are licensed as Fijian crafts are women.
This was revealed by Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, yesterday while handing over Fijian Crafted licenses to 43 women during the opening of the National Women’s Expo.
“Women, you have definitely proven beyond any doubt that you are the backbone of the Fijian economy,” he said.
“The total number of crafters licenced as Fijian crafted brand is now 180.”
Mr Koya said the Fijian Made-Buy Fijian Campaign has created a resilient, strong economy from within our country.
“We have today registered 1320 products belonging to 362 crafters and companies and I am pleased to state that 90 per cent of the licensed companies are micro, small and medium enterprises.”
Licence recipient Luisa Divakarau said she could now earn more income while selling her product through the Fijian Crafted licence.
“The licence will assist me in selling my products overseas as this will encourage help to create trust between me and my customers,” Mrs Divakarau said.
“I travelled all the way from Laqera Village in Labasa to be part of the 2015 National Women’s Expo and I specialise in weaving products like baskets, trays, contemporary creations which I create using my own imagination.”



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