THE women of Nacokaika, Natoaika, Nakini and Delaidamanu villages in Naitasiri had their prayers answered when the Ministry for Women presented them with gifts they had waited for for months.
The women couldn't hold back their joy when minister Doctor Jiko Luveni presented them with sewing machines and provided them an opportunity to discuss other potential income-generating projects.
Lusiana Keretabua, president of the Nacokaika Women's Group, said the donation would be a source of income for the women who mostly collect and sell kai at the Suva market.
"Today we are really happy, as this is the first time for any minister to come to our village," she said. "The women wake up as early as 4am to travel all the way to Suva market to sell the kai. The sewing machines have given us hope, it will help us develop our tailoring skills.
"We can save money, as sometimes we have to travel to Suva to have clothes sewn."
Leveni Vudinibola, the turaga ni koro of Nacokaika, applauded government's effort to create economic opportunities in rural communities.