THE Nadolodolo Fishermen's Group of Tavua were all smiles when their request for new outboard engines was granted.
Group president Peceli Davoivale expressed his gratitude to the government for the assistance.
"We cannot express in words how grateful we are for the help," said Mr Davoivale.
"It will improve our livelihood."
Mr Davoivale said fishing was their main source of income although the lack of equipment was a hindrance to their objectives.
"For the past 10 to 15 years, we have used the canoe and the oar," he said.
With the new engines, the group is now able to go fishing and return within a short time. "Before it took us hours or even a whole day, depending on the weather," said Mr Davoivale.
The group made their request for assistance to the government in October last year and were granted their wish in September this year.
Mr Davoivale said some people have had to wait for two or three years to have their request approved.
"We didn't have to wait that long and the government's help is much appreciated," he said.
The group was given one 15 and one 25 horsepower Yamaha engine.
Most group members have also gone through the Master/Basic Sea Safety Maritime Awareness Training which was held at Tavualevu Village hall in 2010.