Total loan: $3,000


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Pea, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy mulberry for her tapa making business, and also buy more groceries for her food processing business.

Mele's story

Meet Mele. She is a widow with three grown up children, yet she is still quite active with her business. She lives with her three children, at their own home.

Her business includes tapa making and food processing. She has been running her business for so long. She only has one daughter, who is working, but she helps her sometimes with the tapa making. Mele joined a group of tapa making women in their village and they conduct the tapa making only once in a week. There are ten members altogether and they help each other with the tapa making. During their tapa making, they make lots of tapas, then divide it among them. Not only does Mele do tapa making, but she also sells out soft tapa to her tapa making group.

For her food processing business, she cooks mainly a lunch menu, then delivers it to working offices for sale. This makes her earn good money. Mele is a reliable and hardworking mother, and a good model to some of the women in their village. That is one of her visions, encouraging mothers to see that office work is not the only flow of money to the family. They can make money even from home.