27 Jun 2012

Marshall Islands handicrafts business keeping single mothers afloat

4:44 am on 27 June 2012

The marketing manager of a Marshall Islands handicrafts business says her company is providing single mothers in Majuro with the means to make a living.

Lucia Guavis says Elefa Handicrafts exports bags and other products made from the leaves of young coconut trees and the pandanus tree to Japan, the Cook Islands, Samoa and the United States.

Ms Guavis says weavers in the outer islands supply some of the products but most of her workers are single mothers.

"That's the only that they can earn, you know, generate income, by making handicrafts. You know some of them, they never did finish highschool, just up to grade eight."

Lucia Guavis says her business is doing well but transport, both within the Marshall Islands and to the export markets is costly and infrequent.