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Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

MEMBERS of the Taveuni Empowerment Women Support Group (TEWS) are churning revenue for their families from the financial projects they set up from training provided by Soroptimist International.

Teitei Taveuni Women's Groups representative Jo Dean said women on the island were now practising beekeeping, sewing, and cloth designing from lessons learnt during the workshops.

Ms Dean said SI International is a global women's organisation focused on empowering, enabling and educating women and it aligned perfectly with the aims and aspirations of TEWS.

"Nisha Khan a beekeeper on the island is amazing, and from one hive provided as part of a training course, they now have over 80 hives and sell honey on Taveuni and in Suva," she said,

"Through private support groups like the Gaiatree Foundation which also operates on Taveuni women are now learning how to sew and they are also learning Gentle Footprints Permaculture.

"Permaculture is based on the ethics of Earth care, People care and share of surplus and Gaiatree is a group that is living it.

"A sewing workshop was organised with Gaiatree and TEWS and women are learning and making marvellous crafts which they can now sell and make a living out of it."

Ms Dean said women of the TEWS group have managed to make shopping bags, and other crafts like quilts, doormats and other home artefacts made of cloth.

Meanwhile, TEWS member Maria Savoke said the training that women had undergone during the workshops would enrich women and enable them to generate income for their families.

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