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Project Kick Starts Vio Villagers Focus On Sustainable Development

Project Kick Starts Vio Villagers Focus On Sustainable Development
From left: Vio Village Community Women's members Loraini Roko, leader Sereima Ratukabu and Vilisi Nai on Vio island Photo: Peni Komaisavai
March 19
11:04 2018

Sustainable development, an increase in earning power and a higher standard of liv­ing are in line for the people of Vio Island with the establishment of their Mini-Grid Solar System Pro­ject.

Vio Village headman Epili Siti­veni said this would really help their village community.

“Fishing is our main source of income so now once we have elec­tricity, we can store our catch for longer periods and be able to dic­tate prices by getting ready for big­ger markets in Nadi and Suva,” Mr Sitiveni said.

“Also now with the reliable sup­ply of fresh water it is really con­venient for us and our families, especially when preparing our children for school every morn­ing.”

He said these were the simple pleasures that people of the main­land took for granted but meant a lot to them.

“It also helps us improve our standard of living. especially for our children, who are coming after us. We want them to have that com­fort and not face the struggles we faced when growing up.”

Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLLMA) technical advisor Alifereti Tawake said their role would be equipping the villagers on meeting sustainable develop­ment criteria.

“Because this ensures that they will always have food on the table and places to fish which is impor­tant,” Mr Tawake said.

FLLMA officials concluded their three-day workshop on the island, on Friday.

Edited by Percy Kean

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