THE Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Doctor Jiko Luveni confirmed that the ministry will assist the women of Waidra Village in Naitasiri with additional funding of $5000 for a resource centre.
She visited the village last week and it was the first time for her to set foot in Waidra.
The women of Waidra were handed $2000 to develop their poultry project with the additional $5000 to be used for the construction of a resource centre.
It also marked the first government funded project for the village.
Dr Luveni spoke highly of the efforts made by women in Waidra especially in supporting their individual families.
"Government will continue to economically empower women as they are agents of change and through developing their potential we are developing the nation," Dr Luveni said.
"Women's role in food security and poverty alleviation should be enhanced."
Waidra village Women's Committee President Vani Ranacou said the minister's visit was surely a memorable one for the women as it gave hope to many women in overcoming their financial difficulties.
She said life in the village is challenging for them as they had to work hard daily to look for food to feed their families.
"We are blessed to talk to minister for women. She has motivated us to be confident and has made us realise our roles as women in the communities," Mrs Ranacou said.
"The 30 women in our groups will be managing this poultry project and it will help us to earn income to support our children's education and also save some cash for rainy days."
She said the women hoped to sell the eggs and chickens from the poultry project within Naitasiri and they hoped to expand the business.