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Woman lights up homes

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, January 18, 2014

Titilia Somica of Vunidogoloa, Cakaudrove, played a key role in the wiring of solar lights for 12 newly-built homes in her village after it was relocated as a result of the effects of climate change.

The proud, 48-year-old mother of one, was part of a group of Fiji women who attended a course at India's Barefoot College in 2012.

Mrs Somica completed the wiring of 12 homes in the new village location because owners of the other homes were not able to pay for the solar lighting.

"I wired three solar lights for the 12 homes," she said.

"If these solar lights face any defects, I will be responsible for maintenance.

"I initially carried out the wiring in the surrounding villages until I taught my husband to do the wiring himself, so that I could carry out my household chores."

Mrs Somica has even taught village women and some of them know how to do the solar wiring.

"When I returned from India, I was given an inverter and a carton of solar light bulbs and lanterns.

"There are still enough lanterns and bulbs left with me. The villagers will come to me once they have their wiring fees.

"The knowledge I gained from Barefoot College has enabled me to earn money for my family."

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