THE Women's Ministry has given $2000 to the Nasau Women's Group in Tailevu to start the village's first canteen project.
During a visit to the village on December 8, the Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni said the economic empowerment of rural women was an important component in poverty alleviation.
"Government will continue to reach out to the rural communities, listen to their plight and help improve their livelihoods," she said.
The president of Nasau Soqosoqo Vakamarama, Salanieta Leba, said the villagers found it difficult to buy basic food items from Korovou Town because the village was far from the town.
"My women's group decided to have a canteen project for the village," she said.
Mrs Leba said the money collected from the canteen sales would be allocated for the educational needs of the children.
"We are confident that one day we will be able to start a fish pond project to earn more income."
Village spokesman Epi Donumaibulu said the project had motivated the women to work hard and become financially independent.
"This is the first women's project in this village and it has been possible through the frequent visit by the government officials to assist us in every way possible to improve our village life," he said.