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31 women graduate with new skills

More women have now been equipped with new skills to help them improve their livelihood after an eight-week training program that was organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. This was after 31 women from the Makoi Women’s Vocational centre graduated this week and were recognised through the presentation of certificates by the […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 3, 2016 2:27 pm

More women have now been equipped with new skills to help them improve their livelihood after an eight-week training program that was organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

This was after 31 women from the Makoi Women’s Vocational centre graduated this week and were recognised through the presentation of certificates by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar.

At the graduation ceremony Minister Akbar described the program as a platform for the development of women’s entrepreneurship in Fiji.

“At this Centre, the women trainees are equipped with skills and tools to help them become self-reliant. This training is important towards the fulfilment to economic empowerment of women. Always believe in yourself and sky is the limit. So please, make good use of these skills learnt to make a difference in your communities.”

“Through this program you have acquired a means to generate income and support your families. This government is here to work with every Fijian to see how best we can help them develop their self-confidence to become self-reliant,” Minister Akbar elaborated.

Fiji Muslim League president, Haji Hafizud Dean Khan also outlined some of the upcoming plans for the Centre.

He said that they have received 300 applicants for the next batch of training and the interest for these opportunities have continued to increase.

“The Fijian Government’s assistance has been significant in terms of providing the much needed equipment for the Centre.  We would also like to call upon the commercial organisations to come out and assist in developing this program. Some of the trainees also have the opportunity to work at the Centre, they work on orders for school uniforms and hotel supplies. We will be launching the merit awards for potential donors as part of the centres effort to call on the corporate organisations to come forward and support the Centre as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility,” Mr Khan said.

Meanwhile, Ms Patricia Raijeli who was one of the graduates stated that she knows how important this training is for her family.

“I am grateful to the Ministry of Women for helping single mothers like me to develop my skills. This will enable me to start a catering business and sell items like cakes, pies and pastries. This training has given me a new beginning in my life by teaching me that I have the ability to support my family and I am determined to make the most of my new skills to achieve that,” she said.

Of the total graduates, 17 women were trained in tailoring and were presented with a sewing machine each donated by the Ministry while 14 women graduated in culinary skills and were each presented with a microwave to help them venture into small businesses.

The training was offered for free and it lasted eight weeks of practical tutorials.

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