When the livelihood training for the Nofotane project reacheed Toamua, the participants from Toamua, Puipaa and Faleula had already heard of its success through the nofotane women who have shared their human interest stories on the impact of the empowerment programme on their lives and that of their families.
The success was a form of encouragement to the participants of the 28th session which was centred at the residence of one of S.V.S.G. Village Representatives for Toamua, Ale Paepae Komiti.
While the old weaving skills were revived to create new products, arranging flowers took a more innovative approach with the women’s weaving skills complimenting the floral arrangement.
The turning of trash into handbags continued to attract the women’s attention while the two-tone elei technique was more appealing to the young nofotane women and their husbands.
What was obvious from the Toamua session, was the eagerness of the women to learn and be able to earn from it.
Who wouldn’t be eager when more and more empowered nofotane women are sharing their stories on the media on the changes in their lives because of the program?
To date, S.V.S.G. has trained more close to 4,000 nofotane women on livelihood skills,in which 300+ are now earning a living from the skills being trained on. And as the newly self-employed nofotane women shared on their success, the livelihood training component of the project continues to gather momentum.