TWENTY women in the North can now design their own garments and hit the local markets with their stunning handiwork after completing a seven-month textile training in Labasa.
Last Friday, the women, some of whom are from Savusavu and Taveuni, were presented with certificates by the Tui Macuata's wife Adi Filomena Katonivere and the Australian High Commission's second secretary Peter Lothian.
In her official address, Adi Filomena said training demonstrated how women could best utilise resources available to them.
"These women have learned a wide range of textile techniques that can be developed to help them financially," she said.
"The knowledge these women have attained from this training can give them the opportunity to train their colleagues in their communities.
"They can also sell their products to the local business market or even export them if all goes according to plan.
"Handicraft and textile training include weaving, carving, sewing, jewellery making and soap making to name a few and training is the seed that can help women embark on such income-generating projects."
Adi Filomena said it was encouraging to see women from different backgrounds working together.
Mr Lothian said the Australian Government continued to fund similar projects for the people of Fiji over the years.
The women also had the opportunity to wear their garments for a mini fashion show at the Scouts Hall.