3 May 2012

Drive to revive jewellery business on Nauru after women's economic forum

12:47 pm on 3 May 2012

Women on Nauru are working on reviving a jewellery-making business following consultations on economic empowerment.

The two-day national consultations are part of a Smaller Island States project managed by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to improve gender equality.

The director of the University of the South Pacific Centre on Nauru says work opportunities for women are limited and most are involved in the informal sector selling produce.

But Alamanda Lauti says the plan now is to restart the Ikirira group's successful export business to New Zealand Maori.

"We have these red, rare beads from a certain plant and they've got black and white shells. They wanted to add value onto the products so it was good for the Forum Secretariat to come in and say, if you want to add value, instead of buying the red beads from the Chinese shop, use the local beads that were available on island."

Alamanda Lauti says the women need government help with on-island transport in order to get the business up and running again.