TAIWAN Embassy representative Jane Cheng has handed over two airconditioning units and four sewing machines to women of the Viseisei Women's Co-operative Limited in a bid to help them open a shop in Viseisei Village by next month.
In her address to the women, Ms Cheng said the gift had come from a Taiwanese Buddhist NGO.
"I have only been in Fiji for one and a half months but I must say this is an amazing country and I am humbled to be here," she said.
In addition, Ms Cheng said she hoped the equipment would be of good use to the women.
Co-operative president Adi Frances Ligalevu said the presentation was timely.
"We are just so humbled because I just sent a request to the embassy and did not expect such a kind reply," she said.
"The material given to us cost close to $4000."
Adi Frances said there had been some delays to opening the shop as a result of late arrival of construction material.
"The material for the shop has been coming slowly but there has been some delays to the project.
"The ladies are all very excited because they are looking forward to earning some money on their own. This is a good empowerment project because most of the women who will work in this shop are housewives."