“We are proud of our ni-Vanuatu made products because we are about local products, promoting indigenous products which is what our visitors want to buy

so if you are interested to buy and promote Vanuatu’s own products, come to the Port Vila Community Handicraft Centre.”

Vice President of Port Vila Community Handicraft Centre, Judith Tamata, makes the statement with joy saying the Departments of Tourism and Trade should pay more attention to their efforts because they are working hard to live up to the Government call to develop and concentrate on selling strictly local products.

The Centre is located at Independence Park.

This Christmas season is the busiest for the members as they work late into the night to maintain their customers. “We do not know what happened but to us the location no longer matters, just as long as we build right with God.

“At the end of every month, we organise prayer sessions, a practice we have successfully maintained since day one,” she confirms.

The spirit to promote their products is written all over their faces as they display their items on glass table tops below rows of dresses hanging neatly decorated with the tropical colours which identify the clothes as “made in Vanuatu”.

Healthy laughter can be heard along the neat rows of pretty dresses hanging on each side of the thirty booths. A soft sound of ‘jingle bells’ filters through the catacombs of cotton products as their members voice greetings of ‘merry Christmas’.

Asked if visitors from cruise liners also shop with them, she replies, “Some bus drivers drive their passengers to visit us.

“You know Australians and New Zealanders are impressed with our products saying they are the types of products they are looking for and not cheap Chinese made products.” READ MORE