Va­toa Strengthen Co-op­er­a­tive Ca­pac­ity

A core co-op­er­a­tive prin­ci­ple is so­cial in­clu­sion and part of this train­ing is to en­cour­age ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of women within the com­mu­nity as part of the mem­ber­ship

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Twenty-six mem­bers from the Va­toa com­mu­nity are cur­rently in Suva at­tend­ing a train­ing course fa­cil­i­tated by the De­part­ment of Co-op­er­a­tives to im­prove their ca­pac­ity in run­ning their co-op­er­a­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions. World Wide Fund for Na­ture Pa­cific their governance struc­ture, cur­rent man­age­ment and fi­nan­cial sys­tems.

“As well pro­vide a re­fresher on na­tional Sus­tain­able Re­source Man­age­ment and Devel­op­ment” is part of a two year project whose ob­jec­tive is to build re­siliency and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment through in­te­grated is­land ecosys­tem man­age­ment on Va­toa.

A core co-op­er­a­tive prin­ci­ple is so­cial in­clu­sion and part of this train­ing is to en­cour­age ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of women within the com­mu­nity as part of the mem­ber­ship. Va­toa res­i­dent Wati Vaka­rau, 5o, said she was grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.

“I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to be part of this train­ing as it has taught me how to sup­port our co-op­er­a­tive bet­ter and also given ideas on how I can run my own busi­ness on the is­land,” Ms Vaka­rau said.

“Hav­ing the co-op­er­a­tive on the is­land is im­por­tant as it al­lows us to have ac­cess to goods from Suva and also en­cour­ages op­por­tu­ni­ties for us women to gen­er­ate money such as the clothes my­self and other women sew and sell through the co­op­er­a­tive. “The train­ing has also ex­panded my view on the role we women play in the vil­lage, that women can play an ac­tive role in lead­er­ship not only to sup­port the co-op­er­a­tive but all devel­op­ment projects that are brought to Va­toa Is­land.” Source: WWF Pa­cific

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