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IWD – Leba Safaira Farms For Her Family Despite Facing Challenges

vFarming to support the family has always been a job Leba Safaira never takes lightly. Tending to her six-acre farm in Waibau in Naitasiri, Mrs Safaira plants a range of crops and vegetables that has helped support her family. Mrs Safaira was initially worked in the hotel industry for some time before retiring returning to a piece of her parents bought.
08 Mar 2022 13:00
IWD – Leba Safaira Farms For Her Family Despite Facing Challenges
Leba Safaira of Waibau, Naitasiri.

Farming to support the family has always been a job Leba Safaira never takes lightly.

Tending to her six-acre farm in Waibau in Naitasiri, Mrs Safaira plants a range of crops and vegetables that has helped support her family.

Mrs Safaira was initially worked in the hotel industry for some time before retiring returning to a piece of her parents bought.

 

She hail from the village of Nasau in the Island of Moce in the Lau group.

Her parents leased a piece of Land in Waibau when she was five years old.

“I have been living in Waibau since then, started my own family and looking after our little farm.”

 

“This farm has helped support my children’s educational needs and family needs.”

“I would sell produce at the market and money from there would help fund our needs,” she said.

To add on to her farming, she learnt the skill of mat weaving by observing her elders.

 

Mat weaving is a skill Mrs Safaira longed to learn since childhood as she was fascinated by the whole process of weaving mats.

She believes that women have a capability to do more than just caring for the family.

“I joined the Waibau Women’s Group in 2018 and one thing that I learnt as a group is that together, women are capable to doing all sorts of things.”

 

“We are doing our own farming, looking after the fish pond, planting, clearing the land, weaving mats and selling what we make to those that order with us.”

“We are doing all these plus looking after the family.”

“Women are the true pillars of the family because we see that needs to be done and we do it.”

 

“I understand farming is something that is often see as something that men do but we are doing it too and earning money from what we plant,” Mrs Safaira said.

Mrs Safaira had recently harvested her ginger farm, earning her a decent amount of money.

Her only challenge was flooding during heavy rain, causing a setback on her trip to sell in the market.

Mrs Safaira wishes every women a Happy and blessed International Women’s day.

 

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