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Lessons in skill and life for mums

Torika Chandra
Monday, September 01, 2014

A THREE-MONTH skill and life training workshop opened last week for 17 solo mothers in Nausori.

The training, purposed to help vulnerable women be self-reliant and begin their own businesses from home, is the second of its kind since last year and is organised by Youth for Christ Fiji.

"We hope that at the end of the three months, these women will become more self-reliant and through their businesses from home, support themselves, their children and their families," Youth for Christ Fiji director Tomu Raivu said.

Mr Raivu said two NGOs, Young Women's Christian Association and Empower Pacific were part of the training — teaching the women skills like sewing, cooking, screen-printing and in counselling.

"Last year 11 women were a part of this training and while they all graduated, eight of them now operate small businesses from their own homes.

"These are the praise reports we are fortunate to hear which also motivates us to keep doing what we are doing."

The workshop, Mr Raivu says, is funded by New Zealand Aid and International Needs New Zealand.

"We also have a day care centre where women participating in the workshop can bring their children. This lightens the burden on them so they can fully focus on the workshop and acquiring as much skills as possible to help them for the future."

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