THE Northern Charity Alliance has assisted four community groups with funds totalling $6500 to help members establish farming projects.
Charity secretary Ramesh Chand said the assistance was given by the ATH Vodafone Fiji Foundation.
"This is a way of assisting our people in the north with farming projects. These projects will generate income for them and help improve their livelihood," he said.
"The groups had applied to ATH Foundation for assistance and so the foundation chose the charity to channel the funds."
The Qelemumu villagers were also assisted with $1500 to help them start watermelon farms.
Group rep Ekari Tabuavuni said the villagers depended on cane farming for income.
"Some of us own cane farms while others work as labourers.
"The help from ATH Foundation will assist the villagers live a better life," she said.
"The cane farm work is just six months, so only during the harvesting period do labourers earn money.
"This watermelon farm will support us throughout the year and it only takes three months to mature, so we will be earning money throughout the season."
The charity will also work with the groups to ensure the funding is well used.
The groups are part of the Department of Co-operatives and have savings with the department.
The Qelemumu watermelon project received $1500, Naduna Uridi farming $1000, Matasawalevu ginger farming $2000 and tropical fruit growers co-operative for the construction of a pineapple nursery received $2000.