Total loan: $4,300


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Pea, Tongatapu, Tonga / Food

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A loan helped to buy mulberry for her tapa making business and groceries for her canteen, and also helps with her plantation.

Mele's story

This is Mele. She is a mother of five grown ups. They live at their own homes. Her husband is a security worker.

Mele runs three businesses -- tapa making, a canteen and also a plantation. For her tapa making business, she joined a group of tapa making women in their village, and they conduct tapa making on Friday every week. They make different tapas, according to their own demand, or the customers. She exports her tapas overseas for marketing. As for her canteen, she runs it at the primary school, and also delivers it to Chinese retail stores at their own village. In her canteen, she makes donuts, samosas, rot and sandwiches. Lastly at her plantation, she grows taro cassava, sweet potatoes and yams of different kinds.

Mele runs her businesses very successfully and makes good money from them. She is budgeting her time wisely for her three businesses. The canteen can be from Monday to Friday, tapa making on every Friday and marketing crops on Saturdays. Her vision for the future is to renovate their house, for it is too old.