Total loan: $425


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Houma, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy mulberry for her business of selling soft tapa.

Mele's story

Mele is a 39-year-old mother of six and the wife of a farmer. They live at their own home, in the western area of Tongatapu. Mele runs a business of selling feta'aki, known as soft tapa. She does not do tapa, only prepares the soft tapa then sells it. The nature of her business is that she buys mulberry bark from the market, then softens it by beating it, turning it to a soft tapa, then sells it at the local market and also to tapa-making women in their village. Sometimes they make an exchange with her. She prepares them soft tapa, and in return, they gave her a whole tapa, already decorated and ready to be sold. This is the main source of income for her family. Mele used to have her own mulberry plantation, grown by her husband, but it was badly destroyed last year, by TC Gita. Her plantation has recovered, but it is not yet ready to be used. So Mele is applying for a loan to buy her business some mulberry in order to keep her business running and continue providing for her family. Help Mele with her business and her family by funding her loan.