THE Mataniwai Women's Group has opened a new bakery.
Group president Mariana Lautiki said apart from other village projects, the bakery would certainly increase their members' income.
"We have identified the market in the area to supply our bread to and it will be a good business opportunity for us," she said."When we planned the bakery with the Ministry of Women, we carried out a survey to see whether a market was available and we identified our potential customers." Mrs Lautiki said the members had attended business and bread-baking training.
"It is important that the business is run properly and so the ministry assisted us with that in letting us attend training on how to run a good business.
"We also need to identify potential customers and see ways of being creative with our new business so that we can keep our customers."
Mrs Lautiki said the 27 members would help each other run the bakery.
"We also have a committee to oversee the financial operations and that will include the buying of ingredients and other things for the bakery.
"We do know there will be challenges but we are determined to make this business work."
Mrs Lautiki said support from the village men has been outstanding.