Tarukua Women Set Up Business
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.