WOMEN of Mataniwai Village have played a vital role in development projects over the past years.
Their contribution has resulted in the establishment of a village dispensary and a kindergarten. The Mataniwai Women's Group in Macuata is made up of 27 members.
Group president Mariana Lautiki said the dispensary was operated by the village nurse who looked after patients from surrounding areas.
"It has not been officially opened by the Ministry of Health but because we have been allowed to have a village nurse by the ministry, we have put her in the dispensary," Mrs Lautiki said.
"We have medication in the dispensary for our patients and our village nurse does the dressing of wounds."
An old building in the village has also been refurbished by the women and turned into a kindergarten. Mrs Lautiki said the village has never had a kindergarten.
"Our children of preschool age stayed at home, so we decided to open a kindergarten by using a building in the village," she said.