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The Banaban women of Rabi have empowered the women of the district of Tunuloa in Cakaudrove to participate in income generating and economic development initiatives.

At Karoko Village last week, 45 women from Tunuloa attended a workshop on the production of virgin coconut oil (VCO) and its by-products.

This workshop was facilitated by the Banaban Women’s Organisation, Rabi Island Council of Leaders (RICL) and the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation World of Difference candidate, Terikano Takesau.

RICL executive director, Marlie Rota said the workshop was not only about teaching the women how to produce VCO and its by-products, the Banaban women also learned from Tunuloa women.

Ms Rota said they believed that it was important to empower and develop women in communities through giving and sharing of knowledge and resources.

“This workshop included the integration of traditions, knowledge and skills in terms of handicraft production. This means that we showed them how to make VCO and its by-products and the Tunuloa women showed us their handicraft skills,” Ms Rota said.

The workshop followed a request from women during the Tunuloa district meeting in July. Ms Rota said the RICL wanted to see that women become important members of the community so that together they could make the difference in their families, in the welfare of their children and in the development of the nation.

“When we worked on Ms Takesau’s work plan for the year, we thought to share our knowledge with other neighbouring women because we have witnessed the benefit of making VCO.

“The women of Rabi are pro-active enough to want to share with their neighbours,” Ms Rota said.

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