THE government-funded $108,000 Soso Village bakery project on Bau Island is helping villagers come out of their poverty status and generate sustainable income for their families.
Speaking to The Fiji Times, the Ministry of Strategic Planning's Integrated Human Resource Development project manager central, Marika Naiyaga, said as part of the project the village baked bread which was sold to the villagers.
"The project started last month and in six weeks raised close to $7000 through the sale of bread," Mr Naiyaga said.
He said the money would be used by the villagers for sustainable development projects.
"The sustainable development includes development of houses in the village, upgrading of village facilities and providing of scholarships to children," Mr Naiyaga said.
Meanwhile, village headman Penisoni Rabukawaqa said the project was a good platform for future income generation for the villagers.
He said it was also good because it gave young people opportunities to learn new skills and broaden their knowledge.