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Lesina Saumani

Posted by Julie Ah-Ken on

Lesina Saumani

Lesina is a 46 year old  mother of 4 (2 older children working overseas and 2 younger ones attending school in Samoa), from Laulii.   Lesina is one of the Star Earners of the Nofotane Program, an initiative by Samoa Victim Support Group since 2016, to address violence against women, through economic empowerment. It has been 10 years now since Lesina walked away from a violent relationship with her husband, and returned home. Lesina knew that she needed a plan to ensure that her 4 children and an elderly mother are cared for. Putting her weaving skills into practice, Lesina started...

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Kuinilisi Charlie Vatau Leu

Posted by Annette Chang on

Kuinilisi Charlie Vatau Leu

Kuinilisi is a mother of 7 from Palauli, Savaii.  She is a hard working woman willing to do what is best for her children.  Her skills allowed her to create her own home business. Hand weaving necklaces and earrings using Samoa native plants and shells.  Kuinilisi, catches the ferry to Upolu three times a week to sell her hand-made products on the streets and deliver to the Nofotane shop. Her hard work has allowed her children to go to school and put food on the table. She wants nothing more but to see a successful future for her family.

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