Total loan: $5,500


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Pelehake, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

Mele's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy some pandanus and also mulberry for her business and also to renovate their house.

Mele's story

Greetings from Tonga. Meet Mele, who is 50 years old. She has five children, three of whom are currently attending school and six grandchildren. Her husband is a farmer while Mele runs her businesses of making tapa and weaving.

She was posted on Kiva for her loan last year and she successfully settled that loan. She applied again for a bigger amount in this loan to help her in her business, buying raw materials for her weaving and also her making tapa and to renovate her house for her family. The photograph was taken at the backyard of her house.

The plants at the back are mulberry plants but they are not yet ready to harvest. She uses them as her raw materials for making tapa. She joined a group of weaving women who are working together in weaving, each member of the group has turns for each day.

When she finishes the mats that she weaves and also her tapa, Mele sells them at the market to earn her income to help her family and also to help run her business by paying her repayment on time weekly. Mele's business has been running for years now because her loan and her business are the primary source of income in her little family. She has a vision for the future and she's working hard to achieve it. She's aiming to become a successful businesswoman and also build a better house for her family.