The accommodation centre will provide a safe space for women who travel from the provinces of Rewa, Naitasiri, Tailevu and from as far as Rakiraki and Ba, to sell their produce at Nausori market. The centre will include a lift to ensure access for vendors with reduced mobility and can also be used as a training and meeting facility.
“Markets operate efficiently when the vendors can arrive safely, deliver their goods, make their sales, retain their earnings, and be accommodated overnight securely and safely if they require to be—that is critical,” said the Governor General.
“To have this facility today is a life changer for the women of Nausori market, because it provides you better health outcomes, better safety outcomes and better security outcomes—without those, we are lesser as a community,” he said. “This will empower market vendors and this is a great model for the rest of Fiji to be following.”