Total loan: $1,900


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Longolongo, , Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus for her weaving and also hire two women to help with her weaving.

'ileana's story

Meet this 62-year-old widow named 'Ileana. She has five grown children and fifteen grandchildren. 'Ileana lives with her youngest son at their own home, while the other children have their own families and homes.

'Ileana runs a weaving business where she only weaves goods from white pandanus. This is because white pandanus is softer for weaving and more money is earned from woven white products. 'Ileana has been running this weaving business for more than thirty years, and it was her family's main source of income. 'Ileana is not getting any younger, but she is still determined to run her business and be able to make money. Not all of her products are for sale. 'Ileana saves some for her children and also for special occasions.

'Ileana has applied for a loan to buy pandanus to weave ten mats that have been ordered by her customers. The loan will also help hire two women to assist her with the weaving.