Total loan: $2,475


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Tofoa, Ha'apai, Tonga / Arts

'ana's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy mulberry for her tapa-making business, plus timber and iron to repair their cyclone-damaged roof.

'ana's story

Lovely 50-year-old 'Ana is married with three children, the eldest two married and on their own. She and her husband live at their own home with their youngest daughter, who attends the university. 'Ana pays her tuition with money earned from her business.

Her business making tapa (cloth) has provided for her family 20 thankful years. Initially only her husband provided for the family. But as their children grew, he was hardly able to cover expenses with his wages. 'Ana started her own business to help him provide for their family.

Once every week, she joins a group of women in their village and together they make tapas to sell to earn money for their families. 'Ana's business ran very actively until cyclone Harold hit Tonga in April, causing damage to many houses, including her house and business.

Half the roof was blown off, causing water to flood the house and soak most of her belongings, including finished tapas. 'Ana turned to SPBD and applied for a loan to buy mulberry for her tapa making, plus timber and iron to repair their roof.