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Total loan: $4,425

Loloahi

Lapaha, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy some more pandanus (plant material) for her weaving and also some mulberry for her tapas business.


Loloahi's story

Greetings from Tonga! This is 45-year-old Loloahi from the Eastern side of Tongatapu. She is separated with five children; four of them are currently attending school.

Loloahi runs two businesses which are weaving and making tapas. She’s doing it together with two women in their neighborhood. They weave ta’ovala (a Tongan dress) and mats which is shown in her photograph. She produces it by weaving together with those two women. She has been running this business for a while now because her life is easier with the help of her income that she earns from her business.

She used to work from the morning until evening almost five or six days a week. She says her business is running very actively, it's only her house that she needs to recover due to the cyclone damages last February. She said this is a difficult time for her because her husband left her with the kids, so all her struggles she must try to recover on her own for the sake of her little family.

Loloahi has requested a loan from SPBD to help buy her materials for her businesses. She’s confidently running her business to continue to help her family and also to pay back her loan.

Her visions and goals for the future are to make sure that her children's needs and wants are met, even though they still feel the presence of their father, but she’s willing to be an independent mother to raise her children alone.