MARKETING their products has been a challenge for women of Lakeba Village in the district of Saqani, Cakaudrove.
The women sell their products on orders from customers, mainly government workers and relatives living in other parts of the country.
These women are members of the Uluiculaga Women's Club.
Club president Jotivini Rusaqoli said the group was talented and creative.
"They can do anything from weaving mats, baskets and many other handicraft items but our problem is having a consistent market," she said.
"It is an old problem and so women only make their handicraft items when they receive orders.
"We have been blessed to have the teachers and other civil servants in Saqani who have been our main clients."
The women meet every Monday to do handicraft work and discuss issues to improve their club.
"So as much as we can, we get orders from relatives living away from the village and weave mats for them or make handicraft items," she said.
"The money received from this work has helped women support their families, especially during this time when there is no bus service.
"If we receive some money today, the women are off to town tomorrow to buy groceries and pay bills for the families."
The prices of the mats depend on the sizes, Ms Rusaqoli said, adding they kept them affordable for customers.
"Over the years, some members have kept the same customers and their relationship has grown which is positive."
The women also take time out in the day to fish and help feed their families while their husbands work on the farm.