WOMEN of Dreketi in Macuata are looking forward to the completion of their new $15,000 food market which will bring them much-needed income.
The new building will serve as a mini market for women who sell cooked food in the shopping centre area.
Dreketi food vendor Miriama Duabau said the idea to construct a proper food stand was formulated among the women vendors last year.
"We have started holding fundraisings and have approached the district officer at Seaqaqa for government assistance," she said.
"We are grateful to be included in the one-third contribution from community-centred projects supported by government.
"Women in Nabavatu and other settlements in Dreketi usually sell cooked food from the small corrugated iron stand that caters as food stands and the completion of the proper one will mean more business."
Mrs Duabau said money collected from the sale of food helped women put their young ones to school and cater for day to day expenses.
"The new food kiosk will have a capacity of 11 tables for women who sell in front of the Dreketi Shopping centre."
Acting commissioner northern Alipate Bolalevu said the kiosk would assist women in the area.
He added that government supported such projects to assist the development of rural people.