Centre helps Devi fend for her family

Rajeshni Devi with her sewing during the Makoi Women's Vocational Centre open day in Nasinu on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

LIFE has never been easy for mother of four Rajeshni Devi after losing her husband to a short illness four years ago.

The 32-year-old of Nanuku settlement in Vatuwaqa, Suva is now dependent on social welfare assistance to support her children.

To help make ends meet, she decided to take up short courses in sewing, cooking, pastry and hydroponics at the Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre in Nasinu.

Yesterday, Ms Devi shared how she had been struggling to attend to her children’s needs.

Ms Devi said life had been tough over the past four years because she did not have any other source of income.

She said she was fortunate to be directed by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to be part of the short course.

Ms Devi is among 58 women undergoing training at the centre.

She said she was passionate about sewing and she had been able to develop and broaden her skills through the training offered at the centre.

After she graduates on Thursday, Ms Devi plans to start her sewing business to enable her to better her livelihood. Meanwhile, the centre’s director, Shahista Shazna Khan, said more than 800 women had graduated from the centre and majority of the women had started their own businesses.

Ms Khan said the trainings were focused on empowering women and young girls.

The 58 women will graduate on Thursday.

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