WOMEN of Natewa in Cakaudrove are earning extra cash through the sale of handmade art and craft irems.
Natewa Women's Club president Akosita Ravoka said the only problem they faced was the lack of access to markets.
"We can make art and craft materials in large quantities but at the moment, our production is mainly based on demand from our customers," Mrs Ravoka said.
"The women in the area lack a proper market where they can sell their products."
She admitted that more training needed to be done for women in the area.
Mrs Ravoka requested government departments to conduct workshops where women live.
"Workshops are always done in Savusavu and other major centres while women in rural areas like Natewa and the Buca area are often forgotten.
"We had also spoken to heads of government departments in the North if they can also remember us when they do their technical training to rural communities in the North."
Buca villager Meresiana Mateavula said the returns from her art and craft sales were used to pay for their daily needs.
"We have also opened a new account to deposit the profits of our sales," Ms Mateavula said.
"We often hold sales during carnivals and local functions. In one sale, we can make as much as $80 to $100, which is enough to meet our needs and expenses."