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Ministry receives 600 sewing machines

Dawn Gibson
Friday, January 25, 2013

A TOTAL of 600 sewing machines have been given to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

The machines were provided by the All China Women's Federation courtesy of the Chinese ambassador Huang Yong.

This gesture is aimed at reducing poverty in Fiji and creating a better livelihood through the women of Fiji.

"The overarching vision of the Fijian government is to reduce poverty to a negligible level," said minister Doctor Jiko Luveni.

"Through empowering women, who comprise 49 per cent of Fiji's population, the impact on poverty alleviation is profound." She said the ceremony showed the commitment of the People's Republic of China to contribute towards the economic empowerment of women in Fiji.

Mr Yong said women played key roles in societies the world over.

"It's an important and meaningful role for us to help women alleviate poverty," he said.

"We're more than happy to work with the ministry to promote the livelihood of people in Fiji."

The sewing machines will be given to the Fiji Women's Federation (FWF) and distributed accordingly.

Dr Luveni said the maintenance of the machines would not be a problem as there were FWF members who looked after distribution, maintenance and monitoring of the machines.