Total loan: $450


Kolomotu'a, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy raw materials for her handicrafts, and also pay for the freight for her flea market box at the wharf.

Mele's story

Mele is a 34-year-old woman from the Western area of Tongatapu. She is married to a prison officer, and they still have no children.

She is running a business of handicrafts and also owns her own little flea market. She makes kiekie (an ornamental girdle worn by Tongan women) from hibiscus and coconut fiber, and sells them at her flea market and also to relatives overseas. Her flea market runs every Saturday, where she sells different types of imported goods and also clothes, shoes and accessories.

With her handicraft, she makes only two to three kiekie in a week. Even though her husband is making a living for them, she still believes in being independent and the goodness of it.

She is very determined to keep her business running. She is hoping to use her loan money to buy raw materials for her handicrafts and also pay for her imported goods freight at the wharf.