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Agency to help women market vendors

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, January 21, 2013

LAUTOKA women market vendors will soon be able to enjoy and provide better presentation of their products at the Lautoka Market.

This is after the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Advancement of Women (UN Women) signed an agreement with the Lautoka city special administrator, Praveen Bala, which will soon see the establishment of a resource centre for the women vendors at the Lautoka Municipal Market.

In a statement UN Women says the establishment of the Market Resource Centre is aimed to assist the women vendors for training purposes and for capacity building whereby they are expected to further learn how they can enhance their earnings and provide improved services for their customers.

"The women vendors will be benefiting from programmes that will be offered through the support of government ministries and NGOs to address business growth opportunities, and other pertinent issues that often confront the vendors," the statement says.

"These learning programmes will also offer the women vendors an opportunity to learn and share best practices with each other," the statement added.

Apart from the resource centre, UN Women had also provided support towards the provision of new trestle tables and benches to accommodate women who sell outside of the market.

Currently when the market facilities provided for vendors inside the market is full, vendors are often forced to sell their wares outside the market in either the rain or sun where they either sit or stand the whole day and have their produces placed on the cement without proper display tables.

However with the new tables and benches that will be provided, sales are expected to be boosted for the women vendors and they are expected to be able to conduct their business with much more ease as they can do so professionally and in comfort.

This is something that the women market vendors are looking forward to according to Makereta Rika, the president of the Lautoka Market Vendors Association.





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