WOMEN of Kiuva and Viwa villages were all smiles over the weekend when they were fitted for bras by the aptly named Uplift Project.
Each woman present was fitted with four bras with the project giving about 2000 bras to the women.
Laughter and cheers filled the room each time an elderly woman turned around dancing in delight to face other women of all ages who gathered in the Kiuva Village hall in Tailevu.
In Viwa Village, the women burst into song and cheers as relatives stood up to be fitted.
This was a familiar sight in each village as women tried on bras of different colours and styles which they would never think of buying in stores or even second-hand shops.
All the women's sizes were available from the smallest cup size to the biggest, and no one from the budding stage to the elderly left the room disappointed.
The bras had brand names like Bendon, Berlei, Bonds and others, and most still had tags and prices on which women would check with a look of disbelief on their faces because of the exorbitant prices.
Kiuva Women's Club secretary Lusiana Marama said the gift by the Uplift Project would help the women with their health and help ease part of the family financial burdens for the feminine needs.
"The arrival of the team was unexpected and a surprise for us," she said.
"And the 'bra' even though insignificant connected us and brought all of us together at once — from the young women to the grandmothers. I believe this is a blessing for us because of financial constraints each family cannot afford to meet this need all at once."