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FIJI TIME ONLINE Serafina Silaitoga Thursday, March 03, 2011
ALTHOUGH demand for virgin coconut oil produced by the women of Rabi has increased, the women remain concerned about the lack of facilities to help them produce more.
Banaban Women's group leader Terikano Takesau said her members have been pressured to meet demands, thus the extra hours of input.
"We are working from our own homes," she said.
"The women bring their oil to our office once they finish, it's all stocked in our little warehouse."
Ms Takesau said the women have had to work extra hours to produce the virgin coconut oil to meet the demands from clients.
"But although we have managed to meet the demand so far, our biggest challenge is the lack of resources and facilities," she said.
Mrs Takesau said the virgin coconut oil program under the ATH Vodafone Foundation World of Difference had changed their mindset.
"They are beginning to see the importance of having small businesses, especially when we live in an isolated area and how our micro enterprises can make a difference," she said.
"The women have not been empowered to work with others in producing the oil but have started their own vegetable gardens and handicraft work which they sell and earn for their families."
Mrs Takesau said the women's clubs on Rabi Island have joined forces to produce virgin coconut oil.