SOLOMON Islanders living in the interior of the Ra Province have shown the way forward for other Fijian villages in remote areas.
With just 13 years of existence, the settlers have built 26 new homes, three canteens, a footpath in the village and bought two four-wheel-drive carriers.
Settler Rupeni Drakabula said the developments were funded mainly through their sweat and hard work.
"We don't depend on anyone for assistance but we bank on sheer hard work," he said.
"Settlers helped each other to raise their standard of living and this is evident in the development we have made so far.
"Men are hardly seen in the village during day time as they will be out in their respective farms.
"Most of us camp in the farms for one week busy with yaqona and dalo planting.
"We have gained huge sums of money from the sales of farm produces and we are using this money for personal and village development."
Mr Drakabula said women also helped out in the farms.
He said while farm chores were important, settlers had been urged to focus more on the education of their children.
"We have built a hostel at Tokaimalo District School to accommodate our students."
"We are also committed to the government's target of enabling all children to the right to education," he added.