Total loan: $1,800


Lomaiviti, Eastern Division, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy some mulberry for her business of preparing it for tapa making and sell it at the market.

Akesiu's story

Akesiu is 66 years old and the mother of three children and four grandchildren. She's a widow and she has been looking after her family by herself since her husband passed away. There are five of them all together, who are living in their rented house, which is not their own house.

She's currently running her business of selling raw materials for the making of tapa, which is mulberry and also a flea market. She had her loan from SPBD as her tenth loan cycle and used it as capital money for her business. In the photograph Akesiu shows the tapa from mulberry that she made and sells at her market.

She's self-employed and sometimes she's helped by her daughter-in-law. She only faces challenges because in her tradition it is not allowed to make noise if there's any funeral in the village until they are buried. Related to Akesiu's business is the way in which she prepares the mulberry to sell. She has to hit it with the wood to be soft as shown in the photograph, so if there's any funeral in the village her business has to stop until the funeral and burial is finished.

She sells in her business to earn income to help her family for living and also her loan repayments. Akesiu is working hard in her business to reach her vision to expand her business and also save money to educate her grandchildren for a brighter future.