PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has met women from Fiji currently undergoing courses in India.
Commodore Bainimarama met 10 women from Fiji who were sent last month to India to undergo six months training as solar engineers at the Barefoot College in Rajasthan.
A government statement said the Prime Minister, who is in India to attend the International Sugar Organisation conference, also thanked the college for facilitating his meeting with the women from Fiji.
"Thank you for giving me this opportunity to meet with our ladies from Fiji who are being trained at the Barefoot College. After talking to the team here, I have no doubt, of the exciting projects these trainees will come with up after their studies here," he said.
The 10 trainees come from Cakaudrove, Macuata, Bua, Ba and this is one of the significant projects co-ordinated by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation to empower women to become solar engineers in Fiji.
Last year Bunker Roy, the founder of Barefoot College, visited Fiji and confirmed the college had trained 300 women as solar engineers from the continents of Africa.
He said through the partnership between Indian High Commission, Ministry of Women, UN Women, Fiji too would experience the same benefit once the 10 women return to solar electrify their villages.