Total loan: $900


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Lapaha, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy mulberry bark and other materials for making tapa cloth.

Tupou's story

Tupou is 47 years old and a mother of eight children. She and her family live in their own home. Her husband works as a farmer while Tupou manages her business to generate more income for their family.

She currently operates one business of making “tapa” (a cloth made from mulberry bark). Tupou is also part of the largest tapa-making business in her village in which more than 100 women have joined. She used to sell out of her tapa in order to earn income.

Last February, Tonga was hit by a strong cyclone named Gita that also affected her house. Part of her roof got blown off and most of the tapa in her house was destroyed after getting wet. Tupou applied for a rehabilitation loan and used it to buy mulberry bark for her business so that she could recover and continue earning more income from making tapas. Her visions and dreams for the future include building and renovating her house to make it better. In order to achieve this, she needs to expand her business and add more customers so that she can earn more money.