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Women strive to elevate status

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, April 05, 2014

DESPITE being severely controlled in East Timor, small women's groups are working together to generate their own income by using their personal skills, says Jenny Leung, an exhibitor at this year's Trade Pasifika show in Suva.

She is the director marketing for The Hummingfish Foundation and is here in Fiji representing women's groups in Timor who have handmade soaps, packaged coffee beans and other products to gain income in the face of very limited freedom in their country.

"The status of the women in ET is not like in Fiji — they have very low status, which means they cannot own their own properties, they cannot own an apartment or a car, nothing," she said.

The brand of their product is ai-funan, which according to Ms Leung, means flower in their language.

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