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Bulvanua, through Rosalie Vatu, has set up ten working committees on North Pentecost and one on South Pentecost, to coordinate weaving, revive those weaving patterns which are still practiced by only a few, and organise workshops to train other producers how to weave those patterns to produce quality products.

That is the duty of the working committees tasked by Rosalie Vatu on her recent visit to her native island. “Apart from the kava farmers, the majority of people have no market for their products including their garden produce”, she says.

She has found that people have not replanted coconut seedlings and pandanus. “At the ten communities I visited, together we planted pandanus in line with my assurance to them that a handicraft market is available in Port Vila through Bulvanua”, she adds.

“I assured them that with products coming from Pentecost especially baskets carrying different patterns, it is becoming the island of origin for the fastest selling baskets as long as they display quality”.

Also she found some villages have no development at all because their young people have all come to Port Vila. On the other hand villages which have young people there, also show substantial evidence of development because their young people recognise the importance of the ground.

She has told the producers to make baskets of the same size like the end product that comes out of a factory. “They have followed me to the different villages because the message is sweet to them to be able to hear that for the first time their products are linked to the market through Bulvanua to the tourism industry in Port Vila”, she concludes with a nod.

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