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FRIEND Fiji Brings Back Backyard Gardens

Eleven communities in Vi­togo District, Lautoka, have embarked on a backyard gardening programme, thanks to the Foundation of Rural Integrat­ed Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) Fiji initiative. The initiative is aimed
17 Oct 2018 11:02
FRIEND Fiji Brings Back Backyard Gardens
Marica Naisua.

Eleven communities in Vi­togo District, Lautoka, have embarked on a backyard gardening programme, thanks to the Foundation of Rural Integrat­ed Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) Fiji initiative.

The initiative is aimed at making families in rural communities be­come self-sufficient and, hopefully earn an income, as well.

Marica Naisua of Vunato Set­tlement of Lautoka said initially, planting her own vegetables for her family and to earn a living was not on her list.

The 59-year-old said she was fond of going to the Lautoka Market daily to buy vegetables for her fam­ily without realising that it was a waste of money.

Ms Naisua said she also realised that she could put her effort into having her own backyard garden to feed her family.

“Three years ago, Ms Naisua be­came a member of FRIEND Fiji and was fortunate enough to be ed­ucated on the basic ways of how to make use of her talents and skills.

“After joining FRIEND Fiji three years ago, I am now doing my own planting and I can just go and get the vegetables from my backyard, bele, moca and the baigani (egg­plant). They really boost us a lot especially health wise and a lot of things that we don’t know. They come right in front of our house to teach us what to do and what not to do.”

Another FRIEND Fiji member Anju Johan, who is the president of the Civicivi Women’s Club, said the club was formed in 2011 and the members had since joined FRIEND Fiji.

“We do beekeeping, bee harvest­ing and FRIEND Fiji always sup­ports us. We are staying at home, but we do this to earn a living for ourselves,” she said.

“FRIEND has taught us about food preservation and how to save money.”

FRIEND Fiji founder and direc­tor Sashi Kiran said World Rural Women’s Day was a time to create awareness on health issues such as diabetes.

“It is World Rural Women’s Day and we are calling on all our women to be health champions,” she said.

“We are creating awareness on the health issues in particular diabetes and malnutrition among children.

“We are going to be evolving programmes to see how rural women could take charge of their families and their communities.” Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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