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Villagers unite to generate income

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, February 16, 2014

KESE Village on Naviti Island in the Yasawa group has joined a growing number of rural communities focused on setting their own income-generating projects to benefit the whole community.

The village involves young and old in the cultivating of land and planting of seedlings to supplement their three-acre land that is now a growing property of green vegetables.

A nursery packed with seedlings of various types of vegetables is also tended to by women of the village who have been split into groups to maintain the farm.

Village headman Epeli Sadrata said the village had been fortunate to have received help from various donors.

"One of the organisations that have been helping us with this project is Vinaka Fiji," he said.

"They gave us the resources that we needed to start this project and since last year we've been able to start supplying to nearby resorts."

Mr Sadrata said the village now supplied fresh produce to Barefoot Island Resort and Korovou Eco Tour Resort.

"Everyone works on the vegetable farms.

"Our youths help in the harvest while our women have been split into groups to maintain it."

Mr Sadrata said visitors brought by Blue Lagoon-owned Fiji Princess have also played an instrumental part in the development of the village.

"With the donations they give, we were able to renovate our church and village hall.

"Some of our women after receiving training from Vinaka Fiji were able to help in village tours and make handicraft items to sell."

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