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Total loan: $4,350

Siale

Talasiu, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus for her weaving, mulberry for her tapa making and to pay more men to help her husband with their plantation.


Siale's story

Siale is 45 years old. She is a mother to six children, a wife to a farmer and a grandmother to five grandchildren.

Siale and her husband run businesses of weaving, tapa making and a plantation. She joins a group of women, and together they do weaving and tapa making.

They conduct their weaving from Monday to Thursday, and their tapa making on Friday of every week. This leaves Siale Saturday for marketing their crops.

Siale and the women weave taovala, mats and fihu, then send them overseas to a particular customer and sometimes sell them out at the local market to random people.

On Saturday, Siale sells their crops, which are taro, kumara, cassava and yams. They are planning on exporting their crops overseas.

She is hoping to use her loan money to buy pandanus and mulberry and to hire more men to help her husband with their plantation.

Currently, they are living in a small iron house, and Siale's vision is to build a better house for her family.