Total loan: $2,575


Ha'alalo, Tongatapu, Tonga / Food

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A loan helped to supply all the materials that she needs for her canteen and also for her tapa-making business, such as flour, sausages and cooking oil.

Malia's story

Greeting from Tonga! Here’s Malia. She’s a 36-year-old, married woman with seven children, four of whom are currently attending school.

With the assistance of SPBD, she has been running her business of tapa-making and also a canteen selling foods that she makes for her customers.

Malia is one of the successful clients of SPBD. She had a loan last year and posted in to Kiva, then she successfully paid it all back, and this year she had her loan to help maintain the activity and growth of her business.

She’s the only one that works in her business making her foods and tapa. She has sent her tapa overseas and sells there for good money to help in the repayment of her loan. As for her canteen, she just makes the food and sells it at the roadside by her home in her village.

Malia uses her earnings to help her family’s living. She mentions that her business makes her an independent woman who, in looking after her family, doesn’t have to rely for everything on her husband.

Her vision for the future is that she dreams of being able to expand their house to accommodate her family and also to finish her children's educations so they can have a brighter future.