Total loan: $1,525


Feletoa(Vava'u), Vava'u, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus, hire women to help with the weaving and also to plough their plantation.

Suliana's story

Suliana is a 50-year-old mother to twelve children. Her husband is a farmer, and they live in their own home on the island of Vava'u. She is running a weaving business and also growing crops. She weaves on her own and her husband takes care of the plantation.

She weaves taovala (traditional clothing) and also mats. She exports them to relatives overseas for marketing.

In their plantation, they grow diverse types of crops such as yams, cassava, taro and also sweet potatoes. Suliana takes their crops to the local market, where they sell out. Her main market day is Saturday. This has been their family's main source of income for decades.

She is hoping to use her loan money to buy pandanus (raw plant material for weaving), hire women to weave more products and also to plough their piece of land to grow kava. Because they have so many children and they need to be taken care of, that is why Suliana and her husband work very hard to make a living.