Total loan: $3,325


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Sapa'ata('Eua), Niuas, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus for her weaving business and also to plough land for growing more kava and some other crops.

Malia's story

Malia is a 43-year-old mother of nine, who is the wife of a farmer, and they live in their own home. Seven of their children are currently in high school. Malia and her husband run businesses of weaving, growing crops, and selling kava.

For her weaving, she conducts it at their own home, working almost every day. For their plantation, her husband is taking care and maintaining it. Their businesses have been the main source of income for their family for years, even now.

Malia weaves taovala [Tongan dress] and mats and exports them overseas to her sister for marketing. On their plantation, they grow taro, sweet potatoes, cassava and yams. They also grow their kava on another piece of land.

Malia is doing very well with her businesses, and she is one of the trusted clients of SPBD. She is applying for a loan to buy pandanus and also to plough another piece of land for growing more kava and some other crops.

Their businesses are really growing, and they are doing their best to keep them that way. Her vision for the future is for her remaining school-age children to finish their educations, as well as to build a new house for her family. She is working towards her vision now.