This is a pilot project for the Macuata Soqosoqo ni Vakamarama primarily targeted at encouraging sustainable community development and livelihoods through the provision of renewable energy.
Sereana Cokanasiga, fundraiser for the association said, “The women of Macuata got together in 2005 as part of its attempt to focus and maximize their impact with community development within the
“For the first time this meeting got all the leading traditional women leaders from the twelve districts to develop a ten year strategy to identify and prioritise the main development areas it should be working on. This included areas like education, conserving natural resources, improving community infrastructure and so on, but the underlying point was to enhance sustainable development and eradicate poverty within local communities in the province.”
As part of the process, the women from the 12 districts in Macuata prioritized things that were most in need of development.
Mrs Cokanasiga added that, “with the rising cost of fuel globally and in
“What the Macuata Soqosoqo ni Vakamarama is trying to emphasize is that we need to encourage and invest more in renewable energy, it is non polluting and is far more beneficial to rural communities in the long run.”
“We also thought that the launch of the solar project in Visoqo this week should tie in to Earth Hour as part of our small contribution to the global effort for Climate Change Awareness. An effective way to reduce carbon emissions is to promote renewable energy, which is essentially what this project is about and what our association supports” she said.
Earth Hour aims to demonstrate the connection between energy usage and climate change. It is about simple changes that will collectively help cut peoples greenhouse gas emissions.