YEARS of struggle and waiting are finally over for the villagers of Nananu in Ra.
The villagers were given a $90,000 cheque to confirm the new business by US company 480 Holdings Limited for the construction of a new water factory on village land.
The company will start work at the proposed site soon with the approval of a three-year development lease.
Landowner and mataqali Nakorosago spokesman Mosese Ritova was among the many villagers who couldn't hide their emotions at a ceremony attended by not only Nananu villagers but all villagers in Vatukaloko district.
"We are so proud," Mr Ritova said.
"This is the future of Nananu and we are looking forward already to the opportunity the new water factory will offer our youths."
Mr Ritova said most of the villagers were unemployed and the opportunity would give them what they needed to improve their lives.
While there has been speculation about the competition the new water source would give neighbouring Fiji Water, Mr Ritova said there was no intention to spoil business with their neighbours.
480 Holdings Limited lawyer Kitione Vuetaki, on behalf of director Bob Bishop, said they were grateful of the opportunity.
"480 Holdings has no desire to sell into the North American market, we intend to focus on markets in the Middle East and we wish Fiji Water continued success."