WOMEN play a key role in the development of their community through income-generating projects that improves their livelihood.
This was highlighted by the Minister Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa with the Women’s group of Matainasau and Lutu village in the interior of Naitasiri during her visit to the province yesterday.
The Minister had consultations with the villagers on their needs and concerns and how the ministry can assist them with income generating projects.
“The ministry’s role is to empower the lives of women and encourage them to work within their communities with the aim of enhancing their livelihoods and that of their communities. Income generating projects through the women’s group is a key tool in the financing of community projects,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.
Minister Vuniwaqa visited the Matainasau Women’s Group poultry farm which was established through funding from the ministry in 2013 and the village Bakery.
She also handed over two sewing machines to both of the women’s groups.
Mrs Wainikiti Kuru of Matainasau village thanked the minister for the donation of sewing machines and said the visit by the minister had enlightened the women on ways they can further improve their livelihood as well as enhancing their community’s livelihoods.
Lutu Women’s Club president, Mrs Adi Tanai said their prayers have been answered as they needed the sewing machines to support the village women.
“This is a source of income for their families and it will help them to earn and save money by sewing the children’s school uniforms as we used to travel to Suva to purchase uniforms. Our group will continue to work closely with the ministry to develop our knowledge on women’s leadership and income generating projects,” Tanai said.
Lutu village headman, Mr Lemeki Vakarau said the sewing machines will generate employment for the women to sew and sell school uniforms and ‘sulu and jaba’ for the nearby village.