23 families benefit from mabe pearl earnings

Navatudua Women’s Group president Kinisimere Namere with some of their pearl products. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

Four years after re-establishing their mabe pearl business, women of Raviravi Village in Macuata have never regretted the decision to continue with the trade.

The women, who are members of the Navatudua Women’s Group, first lost their setup in 2010 to Tropical Cyclone Tomas and again in 2016 to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

In 2017, they decided to give their business another go and were financially rewarded for the effort. Group president Kinisimere Namere said women used to depend on the sea for income.

“It wasn’t an easy life as we used to go out early morning to collect seafood to sell at the market,” she said.

“But now with the mabe products being produced by our group, we are blessed to pay workers and ourselves for helping out with the project.

“It has become successful and we thank God for blessing us.”

Ms Namere said the 23 members and their families had benefitted financially from the project.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama handed the club $20,000 – earnings from the sale of their mabe pearl products.

“To these businesswomen, you can wear that title proudly because you’ve earned it and you are part of the key drivers of this growing industry,” he said.

“It was your will and confidence, your work and your passion that have made this spat collection a resounding success.”

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