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Resource centre to assist rural women

Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

PLANS are being made to construct a women's resource centre opposite the Labasa municipal market next year.

The bilateral project by the Women's Ministry and the Labasa Town Council will cost about $35,000.

Special administrator Vijay Chand said government had allocated funding for the project to help women in Macuata.

"The project is expected to be completed in June," Mr Chand said.

"This proposed centre can be used as an information centre and also a place where women can sell their handicraft items.

"This will be the first centre of its kind aimed at assisting women in the province for the purpose of improving their livelihoods."

The grog stall will be relocated to a new area because the proposed centre will be built at the site.

At the heads of department meeting in Labasa on Monday, senior health inspector Mohammed Faiz Ali said the extension of the Labasa Market was also part of work for next year.

"We are also looking at provisions for a new fish market. This is something new for the northern town," he said.

Women market vendors have welcomed the idea, thanking the council, the Women's Ministry and the government for their contribution.