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New centre a dream come true for Banaban women - Banaba House, Suva Fiji

Serelisoni Moceica Friday, April 27, 2012
Minister for Social Welfare, Women Dr Jiko Luveni, second from right, looks at some of the displayed items at the Banaban Elders and Landowners Handicraft and marketing centre opened in Suva yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED+ Enlarge this image

Minister for Social Welfare, Women Dr Jiko Luveni, second from right, looks at some of the displayed items at the Banaban Elders and Landowners Handicraft and marketing centre opened in Suva yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

A NEW marketing and handicraft centre for the Banaban community opened yesterday has been labelled a "dream come true" by Banaban women.

The first of its kind in the country, Minister for Women, Dr Jiko Luveni congratulated the Banaban Elders and Landowners Association and encouraged women to make use of the opportunities offered through the centre.

"The opening of this complex is to market your handicraft products as a new beginning for your communities to achieve economic development, but most importantly it will promote the Banaban culture and tradition," Dr Luveni said.

She said the centre would enable the elder generation of women to achieve economic independence.

"Women have a longer life expectancy than men, so we should have the confidence to face challenges in our lives. There is a lot we can do to improve our livelihoods given our skills and resources," Dr Luveni said.

The adviser of the landowners association, Penelise Alofa, said they would also venture into the production of Virgin Coconut Oil to be sold at the centre.

"We have been waiting for this centre to open so we can sell our handicrafts and items from."

The centre is located at Suva's Banaba House.

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Comment by Mr. Atabi Ewekia Baoa on May 15, 2012 at 7:37pm

Good idea. I have not seen the place but hope that the market is up to Suva standard in terms of cleanliness and neatness as it is just opposite to the "Prouds" one of the renown duty free shops in Fiji. 

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