A group of villagers of Narailagi in Macuata will now have a better idea of generating income from the resources around them following a five-day training on financial literacy and honey quality control.
Facilitated by the Pacific Centre for Peace Building through its Social Educational and Environmental Development (SEED) plan, the training contributed measurably to the development of the villagers' financial and investment know-how, aiding them in making effective financial decisions and knowing how to manage money.
Facilitator Tevita Tokalauvere said the ultimate goal of the program was to provide participants with the skills needed to effectively tackle personal financial matters and make positive financial choices that were critical to enjoying a secured financial future.
"The training conducted had three components and that is financial literacy training, business training and service businesses," he said.
"Some of the issues discussed included the family financial wellbeing, household budgeting, savings and teaching participants how to make use of resources to generate income for their individual families.
"The participants were also taught how to become a good entrepreneur whereby they are able to start their business sustainably and expand it."
Mr Tokalauvere said a big part of the training was anchored on action learning methodology where the participants learned by taking an active role in simulation, games, role plays and exercise.
"Participants also took part in presentation and discussion.
"There were individual and group participation and interaction. The participants themselves derive the learning points of the various activities and internalise their application in their own real world.
"It was through PCP's SEED plan that this training was made available.
"In the plan, communities are required to map out possible projects to be carried out in their villages. Their project plans range from poultry farms, stores, piggeries and bee-keeping."