TAVEUNI Women Support Group co-ordinator Volau Yavalanavanua has voiced the need for financial education for women and all people in rural communities to boost their living standards.
The support group works closely with women in improving their living standards and put them on a firm financial footing.
The group has identified a need for financial education for rural communities irrespective of gender.
Mrs Yavalanavanua said villages she visited on the island had an abundance of natural resources that could be tapped to generate income for locals but they lacked the knowledge to do so.
"People still live in poverty despite the riches that they have in their natural surroundings," said Mrs Yavalanavanua.
"There is a need for training in order to change the ideas and views of people for their own betterment.
"Development can only take place if people are enlightened on how to reach out and use their surroundings to make a living," she said.
Mrs Yavalanavanua said if this was not done, government and other institutions would be exhausted.