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Village projects

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE villagers of Tamusua in the northern part of Yasawa hope to establish income-generating projects to assist in the development of the village.

Yasawa-i-rara district representative and Tamusua villager Siona Ratulevu said one of the major focuses would be the upgrading of damaged houses.

"We have a lot of houses that need repairing and some have become too old for people to live in," he said.

"Some of them have been abandoned for years while others were damaged in cyclones.

"The housing project is also important because many of our children are growing older and have established their own families.

"They need their own house to live in."

Mr Ratulevu said villagers also started to look elsewhere for employment and are also moving their families.

"We have only 72 people now in the village which is again something that is affecting our livelihood because many have taken their families to the mainland.

"With them leaving, it also takes away money for the village."

The village elder said the focus was on setting up income-generating projects that could bring in much-needed income.

"One such project is the new relationship that we have with Blue Lagoon Cruises.

"With their help, tourists come to the village and we are able to sell handicraft, provide entertainment and food.

"From this visit alone, each tourist pays $3 and they buy handicraft sold by our women."