Total loan: $3,050


Havelu, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy mulberry for her tapa making, raw materials for her handicraft, and also pay for the freight of her container at the wharf.

Malia's story

This is Malia. She is 35 years old, married, with only one child. They live at their own home. Malia runs a business of tapa making, handicrafts, and also s flea market. She joins a group of tapa making women in their village, and they conduct their tapa making only once in a week. She makes kiekie and also waist strings from raw materials, such as hibiscus and coconut fiber. Her flea market only runs on Saturday of every week. When her tapas and kiekie are ready, she exports them overseas for selling and sometimes she just sells them from her flea market tent at the local market. In her flea market, she sells clothes, shoes, accessories, and some other exported goods. Malia's businesses have been her family's main source of income for many years now.

She is applying for a loan in order to buy mulberry, raw materials, and also pay for freight at the wharf. Her vision is to build a new and bigger house for her children to grow up in.