Woman learns skills to run home-based business

Rebecca Bulamailagi shows some outfi ts during the open day last Saturday at the Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre in Nasinu. Picture: ATU RASEA

FOR Rebecca Bulamailagi, being part of the Makoi Women’s Vocational Centre skills program has given her the motivation to start her own small business from home.

Ms Bulamailagi was one of the 55 women who had gathered at the centre in Nasinu for an open day last Saturday to showcase the skills they had acquired.

Originally from Papua New Guinea, the 47-year-old has been living in Fiji for the past 19 years and said she came to know about the centre through her church pastor and his wife.

“After this, I decided to join the centre and be part of their sewing program. It has been an eight-week of program and I find it very interesting.

“I had very little sewing knowledge before I joined the centre. I was at home and wanted to know more about sewing and upgrade my skills.”

Woman learns skills to run home-based business.

She said her future plan was to start her own sewing business from home.

“This will help me to financially assist and support my family. These kinds of skills — sewing sessions and courses — will help women back at their homes. I encourage other women to take up these skills,” she said.

Through the program, Ms Bulamailagi was able to learn how to sew dresses, T-shirts, pillowcases, bedsheets, plastic holders and other household items.

The centre will have its graduation on May 13.

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