While the Nofotane Project progresses into the final year of implementation, Samoa Victim Support Group has come to appreciate an effective measure of the true value of a ‘woman’s economic empowerment’.
This was highlighted during the 24th livelihood training session at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Nuu Fou, hosted by Reverend Letaulau & Tina Pesaleli. Rather than the almost exclusive focus on econometrics, that is, measuring the economic empowerment of a woman by her bank account and her ability to earn money, we also looked at her mental state of empowerment. This is where her self-esteem, her support network and her sense of fulfillment come in.
At Nuu Fou, close to 100 participants included children, youth, church ministers and their wives, and of course, the nofotane women. The extension of the livelihood training coverage provided that much needed support network necessary for an empowered nofotane woman to progress to the next stage of producing a product and earning from it, boosting her self esteem and bringing with it a sense of fulfillment.
Seeing young children while on school holidays, learning a skill or two, while others supported their mothers in mastering a skill, is that extension of the Nofotane project covereage at this stage.
The church ministers and their wives from the neighbouring villages of Aele Fou and Vaitele uta eagerly learned commercial cooking such as donuts and pork buns, so that they could teach the unemployed youth of their congregations.
At the end of the Nuu Fou session, there were 16 registrations for small business initiatives inclusive of Nuu Fou Sunday School and Nuu Fou Youth Group.
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