Sausama Women Farmer’s Network…

March 17, 2010

A successful model for rural community

From the PMN newsletter:

Have you ever heard of Sausama Women Farmer’s Network group?

Well, if you happen to visit Gizo – Western Province, do not hesitate to meet these hard working woman’s along the market area with their tally and market record books every Thursdays and Fridays each month.

Sausama Women Farmer’s Network was established more than 10 years ago with 32 families as members. The network mainly facilitates marketing for their members and besides that they buy copra from other farmers.

When asked about their network and what changes it brings to their lives, their response would always be “barava helpem mifala tumas”.  The network was able to purchase two big wooden canoes and an out board motor engine to transport their fresh produce to sell at the Gizo market.

The network has been admired by other women farmer’s around the western Province, particularly Simbo, Kolombangara, Rannogga and Vella la vella, who had contemplated to form a similar group. When asked again about the network’s success story their simple answer is this; good team work, women’s involved are committed and trust worthy farmers who must be accountable and responsible to the network.

So, don’t miss your chance to meet these women when you visit Gizo market.