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Village Shop Benefits Villagers On Kia Island

The Village of Ligau is one of the three villages on Kia Island in Macuata, which was twenty-four kilometres from the main Labasa Town.
08 Nov 2019 10:48
Village Shop Benefits Villagers On Kia Island
Village shop benefits villagers on Kia Island.

A village shop in Ligau, Macuata has helped the villagers build their own village hall.

This is after they were assisted through a marine conservation non-governmental organisation which facilitated the establishment of a village shop in Ligau.

The Village of Ligau is one of the three villages on Kia Island in Macuata, which was twenty-four kilometres from the main Labasa Town.

Jonasa Dromunivula, 56, looks after the village shop and was among other villagers who were now enjoying the benefits of the village shop.

“This eastern part of the island has never had a shop for many years and we have to make trips to the main island and do our shopping in Labasa,” Mr. Dromonivula said.

“Villagers had to come to Labasa once a week to sell their harvest and produce before doing their shopping and returning to the island.

“The only shop is on the southern side of the island and we had difficulties to walk over the hill which is 200 meters high, when we needed items from the shop in the night,” he said.

The village shop also serves the neighbouring village of Daku that was 300 kilometres to the North.

“Before, we had to pay for boat fare to travel to Labasa, now with the village store, it has made life simpler and efficient for all the villagers.

“The shop has daily household goods, from flour, sugar, rice, tinned food to washing items.”

Meanwhile, Community Centred Conservation Programme Officer, Maleli Qera, said that through the funds from USAID (United States Agency for International Development )and Canada the project was set up and was operating successfully.

“Through the income generated from the store, it has bought materials for their village hall and assisted them with their church soli,” Mr Qera said.

“The village hall also accommodates visitors to the island from government officials to tourists who stop by on their yachts,” he said.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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