WOMEN in the Langalanga Lagoon, Malaita Province, are asking if the government can help them find overseas markets that are willing to sell their sea shell products.
A woman from Radesifolamae Village, Teresa Selo, said they spent a lot of time making necklaces, earrings, hand bangles and the traditional shell money but only to sell as far as Honiara Central Market.
“We dive to collect the shells or buy them from other places and manufacture all kinds of body decorations from these shells but a part from the Honiara Central Market we have nowhere else to sell our products,” Ms Selo said.
She said it would be good if the government could build a centre for women to sell their local products or to help them send their products to overseas markets.
“Shell money making is an income for many of us so we want the government or our parliament members address our need.
“We believe that if locals love our products then markets overseas will also want our products,” Ms Selo said.
The art of shell money making as well as shell jewellery are only made by the people of Langalanga Lagoon.
“We want the government to recognise the original manufacturers of these shell products by promoting our products in the overseas markets,” Ms Selo said.
By SOLOMON LOFANA