Sewing machines from China to help Fijian rural women earn income

10:13, April 11, 2011      

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A delegation from Fiji is expected to leave for China next week to receive more sewing machines to meet the country's target for women, local media FijiVillage website reported here Monday.

Fijian Women's Minister Dr. Jiko Luveni was quoted as saying they have received sewing machines mostly from China and India who have realized the ministry's target to reach out to the number of women organizations in the rural communities.

A team from Fiji will leave for China at the end of next week to bring in the items, said Luveni.

Local media reported that it was through strong bilateral ties between Fiji and China that have resulted in timely assistance that empowered local women with income generating programs.

The growing bond between the two countries saw the arrival of the All China Women's Federation (ACWF) Vice President Meng Xiaosi in April 2010 to officially hand over 700 sewing machines to the Fiji Women's Federation (FWF). In total Fiji has received 1,500 sewing machines from China for the financial empowerment of women.

Luveni said they would fulfill the ministry's target of providing at least two sewing machines to each village in Fiji in a bid to boost the financial earnings of rural women.

Many women have been excited about the new opportunity about the empowerment of rural women, according to local media reports.

Source: Xinhua
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