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16 Ono-i-Lau Women  Graduate at Training Centre

For the 49-year-old mother of four and grandmother of four, weaving mats and making use of the available resources on the island like making magimagi was a source of income for her and her family for more than three decades.
04 Apr 2022 16:06
16 Ono-i-Lau Women  Graduate at Training Centre
Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji Paul Wilson with the women of Doi Village in Ono-i-Lau after their graduation on April 1, 2022. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

It is never too late to learn a new skill, says Josese Mavoa of Doi, Ono-i-Lau.

Mrs Mavoa was part of the 16 women from the village of Doi who graduated from the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Center last Friday.

Ten of these women travelled to Suva to be part of the three weeks training.

For the 49-year-old mother of four and grandmother of four, weaving mats and making use of the available resources on the island like making magimagi was a source of income for her and her family for more than three decades.

Now with the skill of sewing, Mrs Mavoa was over the moon to be part of the graduating class.

She completed a stitched quilt, shirts, toilet tissue holders and cushion covers during the three weeks of training.

She said she would return to the village with the new skill that she hoped would help her and her family generate additional income.

She added that because of the limited boat trips to the island they had learnt to survive on what they had available.

“For many decades we have been weaving mats and selling it only when the boat comes around then we are able to send it to Suva.

“Sometimes that limits our sales in the islands.”

She thanked Australian aid for the funding that enabled them to travel to Suva to participate in the training.

She acknowledged the help of her tutors and the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare for the great initiative to empower women especially those that live in the remote parts of Fiji.

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