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5 women from Nadogo off to India for solar training

Five women from Nadogo district in Macuata are currently undergoing a six months training programme in Solar Engineering at Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India from the 16th of March 2016 to 16th September 2016. The women who left for India last Sunday were farewelled and received well wishes from the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, […]

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March 18, 2016 11:00 am

Five women from Nadogo district in Macuata are currently undergoing a six months training programme in Solar Engineering at Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India from the 16th of March 2016 to 16th September 2016.

The women who left for India last Sunday were farewelled and received well wishes from the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar.

Five women from Nadogo, Macuata province with the staff of the Ministry of Women. Source: DEPTFO
Five women from Nadogo, Macuata province with the staff of the Ministry of Women. Source: DEPTFO

These  women will be away for six months in India, where they will be undergoing Solar Engineering Training and on their return they will solar electrify their own villages. They will also be the trainers at the Regional Barefoot Vocational Training Center which is to be established in Wainikoro, Nadogo in Macuata by 2017.

Minister Akbar said when these women return in September they will be trainers at the Regional Barefoot Vocational Training Center which will be established in Wainikoro and Nadogo in Macuata next year.

Team leader, Mrs Mere Rakaukau of Nubu village in Nadogo said this was a golden opportunity for the women to develop their skills for the betterment of their communities.

I am very happy to be selected for this training; it will enable me to broaden my knowledge for a brighter future. Currently there are 137 people in Nubu village and we have been living without electricity for over 11 years now. Becoming a solar engineer would be the best thing in my life, it will enable me to solar electrify my village and also get a formal recognition for my skills. I went up to Form 4 level but had to drop out of school because of my parents’ divorce, I couldn’t complete my education. But I am thankful that I am getting this second chance to develop my skills and achieve my dreams. This is the first time for all 5 of us to travel abroad and we are determined to overcome all the challenges and do our best in the training.

The women are aged 38 to 50 years and were selected from those rural communities where there is no electricity, mainly Nabutubutu, Nubu, Wainidrua, Kavewa and Navukebuli village.

The five women are the second batch of trainees from Fiji who have been sent to India, the first 10 solar grandmothers from Fiji were sent to the Barefoot College in 2010, through the Indian Government’s  Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation program. The 10 grandmothers have returned to Fiji and solar-electrified over 350 households in Fiji.

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