Total loan: $1,125


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Longomapu (Vava'u), Vava'u, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus leaves for weaving and to repair the damaged roof of her house.

Ane's story

Ane is a 52-year-old weaver. Her business is the primary source of income for her family of 12. Her husband is a farmer and they have 10 children. They all live together on the same piece of land. Ane and her husband live with eight of their children at their house while their eldest son lives in a separate hut with his wife.

It is truly a tough life for Ane since there are so many mouths to feed, but she has never backed down from her responsibilities. She and her two daughters engage in weaving at their home. They produce mats and ta’ovala [traditional Tongan dresses] and then sell them to earn money. Ane’s business is doing very well because her husband grows pandanus leaves outside their house.

In April, a strong cyclone hit the Tongan islands and caused damage to many homes and businesses. Not only was the roof of her house damaged by the cyclone, but her husband’s pandanus crops were completely destroyed. For this reason, Ane decided to apply for a loan to revive her business and to repair the roof of her house.