ABOUT 800 women groups have received two sewing machines as part of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation's dream to engage women in sewing projects as a form of income generation.
Two years ago, the ministry started with a vision to ensure that all the villages in Fiji had a sewing machine each and since then, the ministry has remained committed to deliver this promise to the women of Fiji.
In fulfilling this vision, Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni handed over 230 sewing machines to 100 women groups from the Macuata province.
The handing over of sewing machines was part of the ministry's International Women's Day celebrations organised at the Civic Centre in Labasa yesterday.
Soqosoqo Vakamarama Macuata Province president Senimili Dyer expressed gratitude and appreciation to the government for its commitment towards raising the profile of women in Fiji.
Mrs Dyer said the machines were the best presents the women had ever received since they could sew clothes.