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Nofotane women in Samoa are vulnerable to exploitation and lack control over their lives. This is partly due to their low status in the village hierarchy and their unemployment status. Nofotane translates as ‘stay or live with husband’. This is the status given to women who marry outside their home village.
From July 2017 to April 2018, Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) has been providing livelihood training workshops for over 5,000 unemployed nofotane women as part of its economic empowerment program with UN Women Fund for Gender Equality. The aim of this program is to increase the ability of these women to earn an income and achieve sustainable employment.
From these 5,000+ nofotane women trained, close to 800 have registered to start a small business but only 400 (50%) of these trained nofotane women have earned an income from the skills being trained on.
The project therefore targeted the sustainable income generation & self- employment of 400 nofotane women who have previously attended SVSG’s livelihood program with the UN Women FGE and have earned a living from it.
The project goal was for self-employed nofotane women to have increased access to resources and support for sustaining their income generating activities. Born out of this initiative is the Nofotane SVSG website that enables customers local and internationally to purchase 100% handmade and hand woven products from jewelry sets, traditional Samoan woodwork, to handbags, home ware and so forth. Or you request a specific creation and it can then be sourced for you.
We look forward to taking this journey of the NOFOTANE to the next level.