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Villagers face market challenges

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MARKETING handicraft items for the women of Muana Village in Cakaudrove has been a challenge, so they've turned to relatives to buy them.

The Wainimaca's Women's Club had to organise other income-generating projects to support themselves.

Club leader Rosa Ocabalavu said they were faced with marketing challenges but this had not spoiled their plans to pursue other projects that could bring income.

"It has been a good situation for us," Mrs Ocabalavu said.

"Although it has been quite difficult selling our handicraft, we have started selling items using a hawkers' licence.

"The money earned from there is being kept in our savings and caters for some expenses of the club."

Mrs Ocabalavu said the women were blessed with relatives who bought heir handicraft items.

"They call from Viti Levu or other parts of the Northern Division to order mats or masi and we prepare it and is being sold at a good price," she said.

The women also organise other fundraising activities to help fill their savings account. Mrs Ocabalavu said the villagers were supportive to the women's efforts.