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Nofotane beautiful Turtle coconut jewelry sets

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Nofotane beautiful Turtle coconut jewelry sets

The sea turtle is very important in the Samoan culture and is believed to have the power to save fishermen when they are lost at sea.  Hence they are formally called the 'i'a sa' translated to 'sacred fish'.  Traditionally Samoan harvested sea turtles for food and their shells are made into beautiful handicrafts and jewelry.  This beautiful creature is now protected all over Samoa.  In our Nofotane Shop we have these beautiful turtle necklaces and earrings sets made by the coconut shells and painted in the vibrant colours of our island. #SamoanTurtle #SacredFish #NofotaneTurtleJewelrySets #EUFunded #CSSP #SVSGNofotane

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TRAINED BY AN EXPERIENCED NOFOTANE TRAINER

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TRAINED BY AN EXPERIENCED NOFOTANE TRAINER

One of our SVSG Samoa Government Funding project engaging parents of child vendors in a Positive Discipline Parenting programme, moved to livelihood training facilitated and led by one of our experienced Nofotane trainer making seis. This was a training requested by the parents to earn extra money by learning to make handicrafts. During the start of the 16 days of Activism, our SVSG Juniors followed up with these parents and former child vendors on their progress from their programme. At Coin Save at Vaitele, you will find Sina Esene a 40 year old mother from Toamua selling her handmade seis....

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From humble beginnings to Financial Independence - The Nofotane Project

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From humble beginnings to Financial Independence - The Nofotane Project

The SVSG Samoa project for Sustainable Income Generation and Self Employment of Nofotane SVSG, part of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality (2016 – 2018) it provides livelihood training workshops for over 5,000 unemployed Nofotane women. The Steering committees for this visited the Nofotane shop located within the SVSG Samoa office in Apia, the committee saw some of the products that were created by the women who attended the Nofotane training that started in 2016. Some of these Nofotane women have overcome domestic violence, poverty and discrimination to rise above it and become financially independent for the betterment of...

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Soloau Tui

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Soloau Tui

  Soloau is a mother of 5 and was taught how to weave by her grandmother. However, she only ever made fine mats for the purpose of using it in traditional ceremonies such as weddings or funerals, so it was not something she considered as a business opportunity. Instead, Solau and her family sold coconutswhich they picked from the plantation every day. Life was very difficult for her and her family back then; her greatest struggle was being able to support her five children. When the Nofotane Program was introduced in her village in 2018, she was inspired by the...

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Luaipou Talau

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Luaipou Talau

Luaipou Talau of Samauga in Upolu a mother of 7 children, now a Nofotane woman of Taga.  Prior to joining the Nofotane Program, she used to collect 100 coconuts and sold them for $10.00.  It was a hard life as she struggled to provide for her family’s wellbeing, put her children to school, and attend to their medication when they are sick, while contributing to the village and church matters.  Luaipou learnt commercial cooking during SVSG’s livelihood training in 2017 and she is now supplying the school canteen with a variety of bakery products.  In addition, she had recently tried...

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