WOMEN of Dromuninuku Village in Cakaudrove have taken an independent stand and decided not to rely on their spouses for their livelihoods.
For the past three weeks, the women have been selling varieties of cooked seafood at the back of Gulabdas Building in Savusavu to earn income for their families.
Group spokeswoman Repeka Turagabeci said each woman cooked seafood at home to sell at the building.
"We cook all sorts of seafood at $6 a serve and people from all walks of life come to buy from us," Mrs Turagabeci said.
"We sell every Friday and we usually earn more than $100.
"The income we receive caters for household needs, support the education of our children and also church levies."
Mrs Turagabeci said they were also collecting funds to finance the construction of a shed in the town to house them while they sell their seafood dishes.
"We are also banking some money to build our shed to protect us from the sun and rain.
"This initiative is something we all agreed on because we don't want to depend too much on our husbands for the welfare of our families.
"This is a positive step we have taken and we are happy that it's successful so far.
"We are urging people in Savusavu to come and buy from us because the food prepared is affordable."