FROM a remote village in Naitasiri to the comfort of Suva's Vodafone Arena, the 32 women of Nasalia have learnt that challenges can be shared if there are more women's expo and gatherings such as the one witnessed last week.
Women from the Nasalia Women's Club joined 2000 of their colleagues from around the country to display and sell various types of handicraft items at the three-day event last week.
Apart from the sales, they found the expo to be an eye-opener.
Club secretary Ateca Tawake revealed that for many years most of these women were content with the daily routines of the village and not used to being part of a big gathering like this.
When the group arrived in Suva last week, she said some of the women spent time just marvelling at the displays from other provinces.
She said these displays challenged members of their club to lift and improve on their handicraft-making skills.
The club was able to collect about $1000 last week from handicraft item sales which they have used to purchase two new sewing machines for the club. Mrs Tawake said they hoped more national women's expos would be held in the future for the betterment of Fijian women.