Growing move to help Pacific women into business

There's a growing move to help more Pacific people - especially women - into business.

It comes after a report discovered women tend to earn more when they're their own boss.

This is where you'll find Renuka Kumar working on her own designs and mending clothes.

She's spent 17 years building up her fashion business, all while helping to raise her two daughters.

"The motivation that was with me, that helped me grow from there to here," Kumar says.

She says being her own boss has given her freedom.

"I can work with my customers the time I want to and I can look after my family," she says.

Sewing is a skill she learnt from her mother and later got a formal qualification in. Now she's got a steady stream of regular customers.

"I could see my money and I thought 'oh this is nice, I can make money now'," she says.

A report released today found two-thirds of Pacific business owners like Kumar don't have employees - "they" are the business.

"People have decided - ok-  they're not happy with their employment arrangements so they want to go out on their own," Pacific Business Trust CEO Pelenato Sakalia says.

And when they do they earn more.

Pacific business owners' median income is about $47,000 - $10,000 more than Pacific workers who don't own their own business.

"Pacific women, in particular, are nearly double the rate of the overall women's rate of unemployment," says Ministry for Women CEO Renee Graham.

It's a focus for the Ministry for Women.

"Pacific businesses are sustainable, are viable and it's a really good option especially for Pacific women. And by showing them it shows investors it's a viable option to invest in," Graham says.

Because for many it can be incredibly rewarding.

"Proud, proud of myself," Kumar says.

Something that can't be measured in dollars.