Total loan: $4,425


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Ha'akame, , Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy mulberry for her tapa making, pay for the ploughing of her plantation and pay the laborers that work in her plantation.

Mele's story

Mele is 57 years old. She's a widow and has six children and fifteen grandchildren.

Mele's running a tapa making business and a plantation. She requested a loan from SPBD and used it as capital money for her business. This is her eighth loan cycle.

Mele has been running her business for several years. Since her husband passed away, she has worked hard in her business to get some money in her hands to meet her responsibilities to her family. She joined in a group of women that are making tapa. She sells her tapa when it's ready for the market and earns income to help pay for her family's living expenses and also to make her loan repayments. Sometimes she faces challenges when she's unable to meet the demand of the customers on time so she needs to hire someone to help in her business. This hard working widow has a vision for the future to continue running her business and save to improve her family's standard of living.