Total loan: $1,800


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'Utulau, , Tonga / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy chemicals, fertilizers and hire men to help with the harvest and also buy pandanus for her weaving business.

'Emeli's story

Meet 'Emeli. She is 49 years old and she is a widow with only one son. Her son is in the university and they live with her two younger brothers. Together, as a family, they run a business of growing and selling out crops and 'Emeli also does weaving. Her son and two brothers take care of their plantation, where they grow diverse crops, then sell it out to earn money for her son's education and also for their living. As for her weaving, she is a sole weaver and she weaves only taovala, using white pandanus only. She sells out her weaving mainly to customers overseas. She is also responsible for marketing their crops. Not only do their crops bring money, but they are also their source of food. 'Emeli applies for a loan to buy chemicals and fertilizers for the plantation, and also to hire men to help with the harvesting of the crops. She will also use some of the money to buy pandanus for her weaving. Her dream is for her only son to finish his education and have a good life in the future.