The nakamal is the place where ni-Vanuatu traditionally come together to consume kava, the root-based brew which plays a fundamental role in Vanuatu society.
Being able to tap into this space has helped the women and their families financially.
Asnette Nasse lives in the Freshwater area in the capital Port Vila and is part of the 20 Vatu business scheme.
Most evenings, Asnette and her friends sell home-cooked food to the patrons of kava clubs.
She says the money helps with school fees, food and electricity and they make can decent money.
“A thousand or more, like 5000 Vatu out of this tray or two or four [thousand]. They can earn more – up to 5000 Vatu.”
She says most of the business ladies are mothers, and once children are sent to school, the women start preparing for their food stalls.
“Everyday they have to go and pay the foods in the market, local market and the meat in the supermarkets, and then they come and prepare it at home.”
Asnette Nasse also says a lot of the 20 Vatu women will buy fresh produce from other women at the market.
“Plant their own crops from the garden and they sell bananas, and taro in the market. And us women from Freshwater we went to the market buy baskets of products with from the villages and come and prepare for the 20 Vatu.”