THE island of Also has been a blessing disguise for about 20 villagers from Cawaro, Qaranivai and Lagi who have found employment on the island.
Also Island owners Jim and Kyoko Bandy said they employed youths, women and men from the three villages to work in their canteen, virgin coconut oil factory and their boatbuilding yard.
Since owning the island in 2002, the American couple have been involved in many projects including their active participation in communal projects headed by the three villagers. Also Island worker Jone Rabici said working on the island was a blessing over the years because he earned money to support his family.
"I have been able to support my family and put my children to school with the earnings that I get from the island," he said.
"This has also helped my other friends who also work in the island to put food on their table."
Cawaro villager Tokasa Nubuniwai said she usually worked parttime helping the couple with cleanup and garden landscaping.
"The pay is usually good as I often earn $30 every time I come in to work," she said.
"To add to the advantage, the island has its own shop which also caters for villagers' needs near Also Island.
"We make boat trips every now and then to the island to buy groceries and the shop has been really helpful to us."