Total loan: $10,250
Port Moresby, National Capital District, Papua New Guinea / Arts
Thomas's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!
A loan helped to build a handicraft business that will stimulate economic activity for the remote communities living on the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea.
Thomas and Marjorie are based in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, but they were born on the Trobriand Islands, a remote area of the country. Thomas is a woodcarver and Marjorie is a weaver, both traditional artisan skills that they grew up learning. Together they have established a small family business, Pacific Primitive Art, which currently buys and sells Trobriand carvings and woven products. Thomas and Marjorie have been accepted into the REAL Impact accelerator program where they will get the support needed to build their business through developing new products using the traditional skills of the carvers and weavers of the Trobriand Islands. REAL Impact collaborates with international designers to assist with product design that will help Thomas and Marjorie access new markets, but to support this work, they need a working capital loan from Kiva. Their dream is to provide economic and social development for their community and the master artisans based there. This opportunity to work with REAL Impact has the potential to help their dream be realised.