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Salt-making business soars to new heights

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

WOMEN of Lomawai Village in Nadroga are working tirelessly to take their salt-making business to a new height.

As most women in the village depend on salt-making as their major source of income, they need assistance and development of what they described a 'treasure'.

A traditional salt-maker Merewai Butani said they only supplied salt to locals and tourists who visited the village.

"Locals and tourists order salt from us and it is a source of income for most of the women in this village," Ms Butani said.

The 74-year-old Tailevu woman said they would be more than happy to have their salt placed on shelves of retail stores.

"We earn very little money from this. However, more development could greatly assist us to increase our investment and generate more income for the women," Ms Butani said.

She has been making salt for more than 15 years and according to her, only a few developments were made.

She said the salt making business died a few years back because of a lack of resources but was resurrected in February, 2000 after the government built a cooking house.

"We are trying to teach the young ones the process of making salt so that the tradition can be relayed to the young one," Ms Butani said. She said the traditional business was dying out slowly and it needed to be strengthened. Apart from generating income, she said the salt was believed to have cured most illness like diabetes, arthritis and internal body cleansing.