Total loan: $1,200
Pangai('Eua), 'Eua, Tonga / Arts
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A loan helped to buy materials for her weaving of the traditional baskets.
This is Seini. She is 47 years old, married to a farmer, and they have six grown-ups. They live at their own home, on the island of 'Eua. Seini is running a business weaving traditional baskets, Tongan, at her home. She runs her business almost every day because the type of business she is doing is very hard but the money she earns from it is very good. The types of baskets that she is weaving are mainly used in funerals as well as weddings or birthdays or any special occasions. It is very special for customs. It takes a whole week for Seini to prepare and perfect one basket before it is for sale. These baskets are not made from pandanus but only are made from a rare tree called "alu". She mainly sells out her products to relatives overseas and also at the local market. She is hoping to use her loan money to buy materials for her business.