8 Aug 2017

Vanuatu market sellers aim to sell locally made goods

From , 5:02 am on 8 August 2017

Efforts are underway in Vanuatu to offer tourists more locally-made handicrafts instead of imported trinkets from Asia.

Women who sell handicrafts at the Port Vila market have set up a co-operative society to buy quality items made in the outer islands.

The president of the Bulvanua Arts & Handicrafts Co-operative Society, Rosalie Vatu, says the co-operative will buy woven baskets, mats, fans, beads and carvings made in the islands to sell to tourists.

Ms Vatu told Don Wiseman what prompted the move.

The women's market in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in June 2016.

Photo: RNZ / Chris Bramwell