Total loan: $750


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Ngele'ia, , Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy more hibiscus (fau) used as a materials to weave to make her ta'ovala and for her knitting.

Lupe's story

A single mother of three children, Lupe, 37, works two jobs to provide for them. She had a loan and created a business of making ta'ovala from fibers to earn some more income to help them make a living. She used her loan to buy some more fibers for her to provide some more productivity.

Lupe is able to make two types of clothing from fibers, Kiekie are worn by the Tongan ladies to show their respects. She is also knitting ta'ovala from fibers. Lupe uses her multiple skills of making kiekie and ta'ovala from fibers to collect some money to help raise her children even though she’s still single. Her business runs really smoothly; she can budget her time and money to operate her business very well.

She helped provide two of her daughters some more ta'ovala and kiekie to export overseas and sell there also. She advertises in the local market. Lupe envisions being able to afford to build her business market to sell her products out there. She wants to expand her business in order to handle everything for her little family.