A MAJOR project in the pipeline for women in Nalawa District, Ra, is the building of a $20,000 rest house in Waimicia, Nalawa.
Nalawa Womens Group president Adi Aseri Rasina said the women had been planning the project for the past year.
"It will be a rest stop which will have a canteen and it is a place where people can come and relax, especially those who are travelling," she said.
"The lease costs $5000 and we have already paid that to the landowners."
Adi Aseri said they had worked out on providing about half of the funds and would be looking to government to provide assistance as well.
A $5000 upgrade of the Nasukamai community hall in Ra is also expected to take place this year.
And spearheading this project is the village women's group, that has done its part in organising soli to collect money for the upgrade.
Group member Sima Tawake said it was important to have a good community hall as the village had to host others on a regular basis.
"A lot of events can happen and we are just hopeful of collecting the amount in the coming months so that we can finish the developments by the end of this year," she said.
Meanwhile, the assistant turaga ni koro of Matawailevu Village, Jone Naloma, said the extension of their community hall was nearly complete.
The project was funded by the villagers but Mr Naloma said he was looking forward to working with the government for greater developments in villages.
"We have hosted the Minister for Women Doctor Jiko Luveni and we now look forward to a greater partnership between the rural villages and the government," said Mr Naloma.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Ovalau Village womens group president Aloesi Nai, who said one of the major projects in their village would be constructing new toilet blocks.
"We have almost finished off with this project but we need a little more money to pay the construction company," she said.