As the country steps up its protection measures for the COVID-19 following the recent updates on the national front, the preparation work by the nofotane seamstress who have been sewing cloth face masks have come in handy.
Back in July this year fifteen nofotane seamstress under SVSG’s empowerment program were the recipients of sustainable income from sewing masks for COVID-19 protection, courtesy of the continued partnership between Samoa Victim Support Group and the EU UN Spotlight Initiative of the UNDP Program.
While the specific focus of the initiative was the sewing of cotton face masks utilizing the skills of nofotane seamstress, it had further alleviated domestic violence and economic constraints for these nofotnae seamstresses amidst the COVID-19 crisis, as families are feeling the heat of unemployment.
So if you are looking for face masks for your families, your workers or your congregation, we have colourful cloth face masks available at the SVSG main office in Apia, at affordable prices.
The face masks are sewn from 100% cotton materials available in local stores. To date, hundreds have bought the colourful masks for protection against the COVID-19 pandemic while at the same time, supporting the sustainable income for the nofotane women behind this production.
“Thank you Ms. Louisa Apelu, the UNDP Spotlight Initiative Programme Coordiantor and the team, for the collaborative approach in addressing the social and economic impact of COVID-19, through the continuous partnership with SVSG.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President