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FIJI TIME ONLINE Serafina Silaitoga Saturday, February 26, 2011
THE World of Difference program under the banner of the Vodafone ATH World of Difference has empowered women to actively get involved with community work.
Speaking to participants at the Corporate Philanthropy seminar for the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation World of Difference in Labasa yesterday, Rabi recipient Terikano Takesau of the Banaban Child Welfare told participants that women on her island were actively involved in small businesses such as virgin coconut oil production.
"This is the first project of its kind for the women of Rabi and considering our isolation, I think we have done well," she said.
"The women have been actively involved in this work and I have seen an increase in the number of women that have joined this project of producing virgin coconut oil," Mrs Takesau said.
"The program has received overwhelming response from interested individuals and companies who have ordered for virgin coconut oil as much as 1000 litres per month.
Mrs Takesau said the women were producing the virgin coconut oil from their own homes and plans had already been set up for a mini factory to manufacture the virgin oil.
Another area of assistance was children's education where sponsors had helped pay for education expenses of 50 Banaban children.
"The sponsors were possible through publicity in the local dailies and I want to thank the media."