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FIJI TIMES ONLINE Silaitoga Tuesday, September 07, 2010
EMPOWERMENT programs for women and young girls on Rabi island have been set up to help them earn money through small businesses.
The programs, drawn up by the Banaban Child Welfare, are the result of a recent survey which revealed an increase in dropouts.
Welfare officer Radhika Teaoka said they started working with the community and had partnered ATH Fiji Foundation on the 'World of Difference' program.
"The funding has been given by the Foundation and that will help us reach out to women and children of Rabi so we can develop their skills," she said. She said the programs would help women own small businesses from handicraft to nursery.
"Owning small businesses by women on the island is a rare occasion so the outreach programs are aimed at achieving this," she said.
"We will empower women to own businesses, earn their own money, support their families and send their children to school.
"This is one way of fighting school dropouts and we know these empowerment programs will be a success."
Ms Teaoka said young girls who dropped out of school stayed at home doing household chores. "The limited opportunities of women and young girls owning small businesses have also prevented them from achieving their dreams."
" So these empowerment programs would make a difference."