Samoa women’s empowerment through vocational training

Every Home-Samoa is embarking on a project that aims to train village women in local Women’s Commitees to foster income generation activities in their communities. The project will be run in eight villages over two years. The Project will be administered by the Women’s Committee and materials will be provided by Every Home Samoa train women at the community level to enable them to generate and manage income within their family circle co-ordinate village-based economic oriented project activities.

The women will be trained in the three key vocational areas of:-
1. Sewing
2. Stencil design
3. Floristry

Women will also receive training in financial management (to be provided by Westpac bank), health and sanitation, and child protection.
Trainers Each training centre will be comprised of two trainers, making a total of six trainers across the project. Students Each training centre will cater to a maximum of 30 students at one time,
making a total of 90 students being trained by the project at any one time with 540 women trained in one year.

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The women of Talofa Village in Savaii with Aaron Moore, the Australia/New Zealand Project Manager

 

“THIS PROJECT WILL ENABLE WOMEN TO MAKE GOODS TO SELL AND IN THIS WAY INCREASE THEIR NOW “POOR FAMILY INCOME”

Training centres:
The project will have three training centres – two in Savaii and one in Upolu (each of Samoa’s two islands).

Classes:
Each class will teach sewing, stencil design and floristry. However, women will be able to major or focus on one of the subjects if they wish. It is generally e x p e c t e d that women will choose the three subjects. Training one group of women is expected to take 4-6 weeks in total.
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Faufoi – “I’m 39 years old and have 7 children ranging from 4 months to 20 years of age. My family
is very poor. We try selling what we can. Sometimes we go to market but nothing sells! We make 30-40
tala (AUS$15-$20) per week and it’s not enough. It will be helpful if we can learn to make our own
clothes in order to make a living.

 

image-28Aliata – “I have 11 children and 20 grandchildren. Our village used to be very poor and we lived in open fales (shacks with open walls and a simple roof). I will bring my children and grandchildren to attend the training and think it will be very beneficial.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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