Total loan: $875


Halaleva, , Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus for her weaving business.

Mele's story

Meet Mele. She is 72 years old and a mother to six adults and a wife to a farmer. Mele runs a weaving business, where she joins a group of women for weaving. Together they weave mats, taovala and fihu, then sell it out to relatives overseas. They conduct their weaving almost everyday. Her children have grown up and have their own jobs, but Mele still is determined to run her business and make her own money. Her business provides for her and her husband. She is applying for a loan in order to buy pandanus for her weaving. Mele's vision is to encourage women to make use of their talent and create their own business, and be their own bosses.