THE new $10,000 sewing centre in Cakaudrove is a blessing for women in the area as they venture into the tailoring business for a living.
Initiated by the Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni, the centre is a bilateral project between the Poverty Alleviation, Women and Social Welfare Ministry and the Assemblies of God church in Savusavu.
Dr Luveni said the centre would be a source of income and provide skills training for women in the area.
"Women play a key role in poverty alleviation and when women earn income, it is invested into their family to improve their livelihood," Dr Luveni said.
"Through sewing skills, women can save money and also start small tailoring business as a source of income generation. This will empower them to contribute towards their household income and alleviate poverty," she said.
She said the ministry's vision was to ensure all villages in Fiji should have two sewing machines each this year.
"In the last three years, the ministry has distributed over 1900 sewing machines and for some women's groups 600 sewing machines have arrived from China and by June this year we will complete the distribution process," she said.