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Total loan: $1,550

Naniola

Holonga, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus for her weaving business.


Naniola's story

Naniola is 44 years old and a mother of four children. Three of them are currently attending school and one is still under age and not yet entered school. They are living together at their own home and there are six of them all together in the house.

She requested her loan from SPBD as her eighth loan cycle and used it as capital money for her weaving business.

In her business, she is able to weave mats and ta'ovala (a woven mat that is worn to show traditional ways of respect). She joins in a weaving group in her village and they are weaving together for a speedy recovery.

Naniola concentrates on doing the weaving while her husband and children help her in preparing the pandanus (leaves from the palm-like pandanus tree used for weaving Tongan mats). When she finishes weaving her mats, she sells them out at the market to earn income to help her family's living.

Sometimes her customers order some styles of mats that she cannot weave, so she has to pay for someone to deal in those type of mats as a favor for her customers.

She has a vision for the future to renovate their house into a better one for her family.