THE three-month prayer campaign undertaken by the 32,000 residents of Ra is starting to bear fruitful results.
Lekima Lawenitoakula of Narewa Village said the ban on kava, alcohol consumption and smoking, motivated people to change their lifestyle.
"We have seen a lot of changes in the villages," he said.
"People are now starting to plant cassava and sugar cane. They would not have been able to do this if they kept consuming kava and alcohol."
According to Mr Lawenitoakula, alcohol and kava consumption held many people back.
"It is good to see families together and people working hard during this time.
"We are positive about the results and we hope this will uplift the standard of Ra."
The campaign, prompted by a World Bank report citing Ra as the poorest province, started on May 4 and is expected to finish on August 4.