WOMEN on Taveuni have a vast reserve of natural resources but they lack the knowledge to convert these into cash.
Speaking on the development of women on the island, Taveuni Women's Support Group co-ordinator Volau Yavalanavanua said the group had begun working with women at the community level on initiating income-generating projects.
Mrs Yavalanavanua said most women were interested in the idea of setting up small businesses but they lacked the know-how to do so.
"We are appealing to training institutions to come out and share their wealth of knowledge with women on the island," she said.
"The women have the interest and the resources but there is a need for the appropriate know-how into converting these resources to their advantage as an income-generating scheme for their betterment and that of their families.
"Our support group has been holding awareness programs and workshops with women on the island and we are appealing to institutions for their assistance in providing our women with knowledge in improving their skills."