54-year-old Rohini Lata who is one of the 500 women artisans that is part of the 2019 National Women’s Expo that is currently being held at the FMF Gymnasium enjoys participating in this Expo because of the profits she makes.
Lata who came all the way from Lautoka says that this type of expo has opened her eyes to ideas in exploring other handicraft works.
Lata says this is her 3rd year of participating in this expo and is happy to be part of it because she always earns more than she expects.
Lata who is a mother of three and runs her own business in Lautoka, where she sells some of her hand made works like cushion covers.
While opening the National Women's Expo, First Lady, Sarote Konrote says this offers women the opportunity to refine their designs and business management skills through packaging and labeling, certification, licensing and financial literacy assistance.
Konrote says from last year's expo, they collected a total of $438,696.20 during the 3 day event.
Konrote says that it is vital that women's ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.
The first lady also paid tribute to the late Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Jiko Luveni who was the pillar of strength in the establishment of this expo.
500 women artisans are part of this year's National Women's Expo where by 140 participants are from the Northern division, 120 participants are from the Central division, 140 participants from the Eastern division while 100 participants from the Western division.
5 women also received their Graduation Certificates from the Fiji National Women's Expo.