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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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Lesina Saumani

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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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Asomaliu Fulitua

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Asomaliu Fulitua

The story of the 35 year old Asomaliu Fulitua of Toamua resonates the economic and social empowerment that Lapuloa Ioane has gained through the Nofotane Program. Asomaliu is not a television presenter. She is a self-employed Nofotane woman who has earned a living from printing designed elei on fabric materials and even on the seis she creates. With her husband as the sole breadwinner of the family, his earnings could barely cater for the family needs, including their children’s education and medication. Asomaliu’s participation in the Nofotane Program in 2018 introduced her to life as a business woman. Despite starting...

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