Total loan: $1,875


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Ha'atafu, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy mulberry for her tapa making business and also new ike and tutua used to turn mulberry soft.

Losimani's story

This mother's name is Losimani. She is 54 and married with seven children. She and her husband live in their own home, with their five youngest children.

Losimani is a member of a tapa making group of women in their village, and together they make tapas (patterned cloth made from the bark of the mulberry tree) every week on Saturdays. They make diverse types of tapas, then they individually design and decorate their own tapas according to their likes and preferences. Some tapas are made with pure soft tapa only, and some tapas are made with soft tapas and tapa paper. Tapas that are made with pure soft tapas are more expensive than the other types.

Losimani's business contributes a lot to the satisfying of her family's needs and wants. She is applying for a loan to buy mulberry for her business and also new ike and tutua, because her old ones have already broke. Ike and tutua are two hard materials used for beating the mulberry and turning it soft.

Her next plan is to continue her business in order to earn enough money to buy a vehicle for her family.