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Vuniwaqa Visits Women’s Group Of Interior Naitasiri

Villagers and women’s groups of Matainasau and Lutu Village in Naitasiri met with the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa on Thursday. During her visit with a
12 May 2017 11:00
Vuniwaqa Visits Women’s Group Of Interior Naitasiri
Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa Koroivueta (left) and Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa with women in Naitasiri. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Villagers and women’s groups of Matainasau and Lutu Village in Naitasiri met with the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa on Thursday.

During her visit with a delegation there, Ms Vuniwaqa said one of the ministry’s role was to empower the lives of women.

It was also to encourage them to work within their communities with the aim of enhancing their livelihoods and that of their communities.

She added that income-generating projects through the women’s groups was a key tool in the financing community projects as was evident in the two villages.

She encouraged the women to work together and in tandem with the community to ensure the sustainability of their projects.

Ms Vuniwaqa also took the opportunity to visit the Matainasau Women’s Group poultry farm which was established through funding from the ministry in 2013 and the village bakery which are both operating successfully and also handed over two sewing machines to both women’s groups.

“We are thankful for the sewing machines, the visit has also enlightened the women on ways they can further improve on their economic empowerment and how that relates to enhanced community livelihoods and ways in which the Ministry can assist the villagers,” stated Wainikiti Kuru of Matainasau Village.

Lutu Women’s Club president, Adi Tanai said: “We are hoping for such regular visits and our group will continue to work closely with the ministry to develop our knowledge on women’s leadership and income generating projects.

“The overall goal of the Department of Women is to motivate and develop the confidence of women so that they can live their lives to the fullest.”

Ms Vuniwaqa said: “Women play a key role in development and we an economically empowered woman means a better livelihood for her family and her community as a whole.”

Lutu Village headman, Lemeki Vakarau, said the machines would generate employment for the women, especially to sew and sell school uniforms and ‘sulu and jaba’ for the nearby villagers.

“We really appreciate her presence.”

Mrs Vuniwaqa had discussions with villagers on the challenges they face and ways in which the ministry and Government can assist the villages.

 

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