Women groups to foster development

Doris Susau of Live & Learn presents donation to Seruwaia Vosaga of Narailagi Village during the disbursement of cheques. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

THE economic ambitions of five women groups in Dreketi, Macuata received a $10,000 boost after a successful partnership forged by the groups.

Women of Drawa, Vatuvonu, Lutukina, Batiri and Nayarailagi had developed work-plans to engage themselves in community based businesses after they developed interest in opening business bank accounts following the ANZ Bank’s MoneyMinded training last year.

Present at the cheque disbursement ANZ Bank’s northern manager Talei Tawake said the training included the sharing of the engaged partners on community business ventures that have been successful and words of encouragement for the initiation of these new businesses.

Mrs Tawake encouraged women to uphold integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence in their business urging them to dream big, beyond the scope of their communities, for their communities benefit.

Also present at the disbursement was Ministry of Women’s Fulori Musukasau who said the women’s group could achieve a lot in improving their communities with the funding.

Live & Lean’s Pacific program director Susau shared that an integrated partnership approach was significant in the establishment and success of community driven initiatives and that we should view challenges as opportunities for growth.

Integrated partnerships are critical for the sustainability of any operation.

Meanwhile women in the five villages used a partnership approach inclusive of communities in designing these initiatives assisted by the ANZ Bank, Ministry of Women and Ministry of Agriculture, who had provided critical advice regarding technical guidance on business options.

Live & Learn Fiji has been delivering various donor funded community development projects within these communities with the support of government and private partners since 2011.

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