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More Training Offered By Solo Moms Project

Single mothers who are struggling to make ends meet have been urged to participate in a training programme by the Solo Moms Project. Project manager, Esita Karanavatu said the sole
09 Feb 2021 09:40
More Training Offered By Solo Moms Project
Solo Moms Project Manager, Esita Karanavatu.

Single mothers who are struggling to make ends meet have been urged to participate in a training programme by the Solo Moms Project.

Project manager, Esita Karanavatu said the sole purpose of the project was to the alleviate poverty and the minimise the co-dependency by single mothers who heavily rely on their immediate family members for their children’s livelihood.

“We provide economic empowerment training to single mothers from informal settlements,” she said.

“Our area of scope is from Nasinu to Navua. For the last two years the focus was on the Nasinu to Suva corridors.

“For 2021 and 2022, we wish to recruit our women trainees from the Lami to Navua corridor.”

Ms Karanavatu said the trainees would undergo an intensive three-month life skills and skills training culminating in a graduation event after which they will be issued their business starter packs.

“The starter pack will consist of raw materials needed for their business of choice.

“When they are trained with us, they will learn everything that we offer in terms of skills and life skills training, but it will come down to choosing one for their business.

“Whatever they choose, we provide the materials for kicking it off.”

Ms Karanavatu added the graduating women will have business mentors from Australia Pacific Training Coalition, Fiji National University and other organisations who will be offering them the advice and strategies they need to implement in order to boost and grow their entrepreneurial ventures.

20 participants will be chosen by the end of March from the 34 informal settlements of Lami for the 2021 recruitment drive.

“We are planning to begin the training for 2021 on May 17.”

The project is currently run by a non-governmental organisation called International Needs Fiji and funded by the Government of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand.

 

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