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Island delegates lament challenges in handicraft sales

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, August 11, 2014

TRANSPORTATION and the lack of markets are two of the major problems faced by the women of Kabara, Lau.

And they hope the upcoming general election will be a way to advocate these two major issues to improve their lives in the village.

Jimaima Qalo of Naikeleyaga Village, Kabara, said they were proud to be part of the National Women's Expo because they were able to send a message across to other women on the issues.

"We face difficulties like poor source of income and we sell handicrafts to the middlemen in Suva — sometimes we were not able to sell to them because the sales aren't good in Suva and it takes long before they come back to us to buy again," Mrs Qalo said.

"We are so lucky to be part of this expo because we are able to sell some of these handicrafts and at least let other women know the various kinds of handicaft items we make and sell back at home in Kabara. This expo has been really encouraging and we hope more of this will be done in the future so we get a chance to sell the handicraft items we have in the village."

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