A 21-year-old is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn a valuable life skill in sewing.
It’s a skill she hopes will not only benefit her but everyone in her family and the village.
Motiana Siaosi, of Magiagi is among more than 100 Samoan women taking part in sewing lessons provided through a programme funded by China with assistance from the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.
Ms. Siaosi is not employed.
However, with the skills she is learning, that might soon be a thing of the past.
“Right now, I am not going to school anymore,” she said. “I am grateful and honoured to represent my mother who couldn’t come due to some family matters.”
Ms. Siaosi said she started learning to sew at Sunday school.
“I love sewing but we were only taught the basics back when I was in Sunday school,” she said. “Being here and being able to learn more skills is a dream come true.”
The programme to teach women to sew will take place in Faleapuna, Afega, Magiagi, Tooa Salamasina hall and Safotu.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, Afamasaga Faauiga Palepua Mulitalo, highlighted why the training is important.
“This is an opportunity for the women to develop themselves socially, financially, to have the skills to sew for their own families and become more economically sustainable in the long run,” she said.
Alongside Ms. Siaosi are also other young females who are equally keen to learn. The training is expected to take three weeks.