Tarukua Women Set Up Busi­ness

Fiji Sun - - November Specials -

Ju­lia Ta­man­i­toakula with her grand­daugh­ter at stall 11, in the LUSIANA TUIMAISALA

he Tarukua Women’s Club in Suva is run­ning a hand­craft busi­ness at the Suva Mar­ket. To boost their busi­ness, they asked to the Min­istry of Women and Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion to ar­range with the Suva City Coun­cil for a stall at the mar­ket.

Club pres­i­dent Ju­lia Ta­man­i­toakula said they are now sell­ing at Stall 11.

She said they were sell­ing all hand­i­crafts made by the mem­bers and this in­cluded fans, purses; bowls to name a few.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Ta­man­i­toakula the club pays $12.60 as rent for a week.

She said the sale was good as in a week they could save more than $100.

“For ev­ery month we de­posit $100 into the club’s bank ac­count,” she said.

The re­main­ing cash she said was used to buy other ready­made stuff from other sup­pli­ers.

Many tourists she said bought lo­cal sou­venir from the stall. Some lo­cals also buy from their stall. The busiest time of the year she finds a lot of cus­tomers is Easter and Christ­mas sea­son. Mrs Ta­man­i­toakula said this was the time she saw many peo­ple en­ter their stall to buy mats, and gar­land for the wed­ding or other spe­cial func­tions.

“Peo­ple are com­ing in and ask­ing for mats and buy it straight away”

At the mo­ment she said they run­ning out of mats and they have made their or­der al­ready to the vil­lage in Tarukua.

She said their club also sells spe­cial pack­ages for the fu­neral and wed­ding.

“For wed­ding it is $500 and $600 for fu­neral.” Some made or­ders and once we got them the women in the vil­lage are in­formed they started weav­ing.


The club makes its own gar­lands and are in dif­fer­ent prices.

$15 for small chil­dren and $ 20 - $35 for adults.

For their the club buys from Nayau and Vat­ulele. They make their own print. They have the used by the chiefs only The price is $200.


For this the club buys from Tarukua vil­lage ad we sell for $20. Va­ri­ety of prod­ucts avail­able at stall 11 in the Suva Mu­nic­i­pal Mar­ket.

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