Macuata- The Navatudua Women’s Mabe Group in Raviravi Village received a cheque of $20,000 from the Prime Minister Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama to assist them with their handicraft works and also bring about improved livelihoods.

The group members-mostly pearl farmers- are famous in Macuata for their pearl-crafted jewelries and other related handiwork.

The Prime Minister said at the handover ceremony that the most beautiful part of the project is the fact that it is spearheaded every step of the way by resilient, creative, and ambitious Fijian women who took it took it upon themselves to improve their own lives, their families, and the economy of Fiji as a whole.

“To these businesswomen, you can wear that title proudly because you’ve earned it, you are part of the key drivers of this growing industry,” PM Bainimarama told the women.

“It was your willingness, confidence, work and passion that has made this spat collection program a resounding success.

“You’ve also been fellow climate champions along the way, doing so in a manner that is sustainable for not only the local economy, but for the health of our pristine oceans.”

At the same time, 10 nursery owners who have taken advantage of a new tree planting project that uplifts both our economy and our eco-system also received their cheque from the Prime Minister today.

The project aims to restore our eco-system while giving Fijians the resources they need for helping plant trees and mangroves. It’s also part of our greater vision of sustainable management of all of our precious eco-systems, from ridge-to-reef and recognising the crucial role that forests play to combating climate change.

That vision has taken full effect through the Ministry of Forestry’s ambitious plan to plant 30 million trees across Fiji over the next 15 years.

“From our pearlers to our nursery owners, you’ve earned this day, made me proud as your Prime Minister, and you’ve made all of Fiji proud.” Prime Minister Bainimarama added.

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