A THREAD of fortune has spurred a group of women on Taveuni to use available resources to create handicraft items.
Last week, the Tei Tei Women's Group held their first-ever market day at Naselesele where items such as jewellery, masi, coconut soap, oil and voivoi handicraft were sold.
The event was organised as an opportunity for craftspeople to sell and earn income.
Taveuni Research Development Centre spokeswoman Susana Yalikanacea said in a statement that locally-made products like honey, home-made jams, sauces, biscuits and cakes were sold at the event.
She said centre staff members brought a range of coconut products and explained to customers the financial benefits to be gained from coconuts.
"Virgin coconut oil is the healthiest and highest priced vegetable oil in the world market due to its diverse health benefits," Ms Yalikanacea said.
"The main purpose is to value and utilise locally-available resources because they're available and free."
Tei Tei Taveuni president, Alan Petersen was impressed with the number of people involved in the event.
"If the interest continues, we'll have one Saturday market day each month as this is also a great way to bring people together," he said.
"There are a lot of people growing quality food and creating good quality Fijian craft and we should be proud of our island and what it has to offer."
Mr Petersen said the event was an opportunity to learn new things from other people.
The next market day will be held at Tovutovu Resort on Saturday, February 9.