Bua women raise $42,000 plus

Min­is­ter Vu­ni­waqa ap­plauds their ef­forts

Fiji Sun - - North News - JOSAIA RALAGO Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: josaia.ralago@fi­jisun.com.fj

Rain failed to dampen the spir­its of women from Bua women as they gath­ered at Nabouwalu last week for their an­nual Bua Women’s Craft Show. Their ef­forts paid off when they raised $42,738 in a ‘soli’ to kick off what be­came a joy­ous event at the Naulumatua ground. The Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion, Mere­seini Vu­ni­waqa, who of­fi­ci­ated at the event, ap­plauded the women for their ef­forts. “The turnout by the women of Bua has been amaz­ing,” Mrs Vu­ni­waqa said.

“I know that this is one of those prov­inces that were badly af­fected by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston but this to­day shows the re­silience of women, to be able to pick them­selves up, and pro­duce the fine­fine arts we see here to­day.” She said the rea­son for the event was to de­velop the craft wares women in the ru­ral ar­eas earned their in­come from.

This is in terms of qual­ity through its pro­duc­tion pro­cesses and pre­sen­ta­tion.

“This is to also help mar­ket their hand­i­crafts to the mar­kets in our ur­ban ar­eas,” Mrs Vu­ni­waqa said. “From this crafts show we will be se­lect­ing a num­ber of women to rep­re­sent the Bua Province to the an­nual Women’s Expo set for June 14th to 16th next year.” She said the fo­cus at the mo­ment was to pro­vide for the lo­cal mar­kets be­fore it is de­vel­oped to reach a cer­tain level for ex­port. At least 300 women from the nine dis­tricts in the Bua Province at­tended.

Photo: Josaia Ralago

Women of Solevu District at the Bua Women’s Crafts Show in Nabouwalu last week.

Photo: Josaia Ralago

The women of Bua en­ter­tains the crowd.

Photo: Josaia Ralago

The Min­is­ter for Women, Mere­seini Vu­ni­waqa, (front, 2nd from left) at the Bua Women’s Craft Show.

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