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YWCA to reach 100 with 8

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

THE Young Women's Christian Association expects to assist about 100 women with eight sewing machines it will receive from the Ministry of Social Welfare.

YWCA Fiji national president Leba Mataitini said her application for eight machines was approved by the ministry.

"We have five area councils in Suva, Lautoka, Bua, Levuka and Nadarivatu.

"We were given three sewing machines from the last shipment which were distributed in Rewasau, Nadarivatu.

"We applied for eight more.

"This has been approved and we expect to distribute two sewing machines each in the remaining areas," Mrs Mataitini said.

She said the sewing machines would help women generate income for their families. "This initiative began with hand sewing using only cotton and needle," Mrs Mataitini added.

With this assistance, the women will be able to sew children's uniform and also sew curtains and sheets which some when may bring to towns and cities for mending."

She said the organization was also reaching out to women in squatter settlements to teach them sewing skills.