Total loan: $2,125


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A loan helped to buy mulberry for her tapa making business.

Manakofua's story

Meet this 62 year old widow, Manakofua.

Her husband passed away more than twenty years ago now, and she lives with one of her daughters. She has ten grown up children: all are married and have their own families.

Manakofua runs a tapa (barkcloth) making business from her home, where she is joined once a week by her daughter and ten other women from their neighbourhood. They make smaller, medium and larger sizes of tapa, both with pure tapa and also with half tapa / half paper.

Manakofua decorates her tapa with traditional Tongan art, and also helps other women with decorating theirs.

She sells out her tapa to relatives overseas, and also at the local market.

Even though her children have grown up and got their own families, her tapa making business is the main flow of money into their family, which Manakofua uses to take care of them.

She is not getting any younger, but she still manages to run her business very well. She is planning on using her loan money to buy more mulberry for her business.