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Total loan: $4,075


Ha'ateiho, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus leaves for her weaving business, mulberry bark for her tapa-making business, and also pay for her shipping container at the wharf.

Tupou's story

Tupou is 65 years old and a mother of seven grown children. Her husband is a farmer and they live in their own home. All of her children have finished high school and have their own families. Her businesses include weaving, tapa making, and managing a retail stall.

For her weaving business, Tupou engages in this activity with the help of her daughters. When it comes to making tapa [a traditional patterned cloth], she is a member of a tapa-making group comprised of women in her village. They meet once a week in order to make tapa. Her other business is a retail stall where she sells clothes and shoes of different styles, as well as other goods, at the local market. She operates the retail stall only on Saturdays. Her woven products and tapas are exported overseas to family members who will sell them. Tupou makes a good living from her businesses.

Her loan is being categorized under the SME [small and medium enterprise] loan program since she has earned the trust of SPBD Tonga. Her vision for the future is to continue running her businesses so that she can become more successful.