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Malake women attain boat masters licence

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Update: 8:49PM NINE women of Malake Island, off Rakiraki in Ra, will no longer depend on other men to operate their boats after they received their Boat Master Class 6 licence last Friday.

Villager Sainimere Ranovu said she was overwhelmed with the training to attain her licence.

"This is a male-dominated work and with this licence, I will be able to operate a boat and never depend on men to go fetch food or go to the mainland for shopping," she said.

Malake Island is home to more than 100 young people and 20 boats, with villagers heavily dependent on marine resources as a source of income.

While closing the training, Fiji's Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said with the Boat Masters Licence, they encouraged entrepreneurship on the island and the confidence for villagers to earn more income from their marine resources.

The two-week training was facilitated by the ministry in partnership with the Fiji Islands Maritime Safety Administration (FIMSA).

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