Total loan: $1,275


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Tabiang, , Fiji / Retail

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A loan helped to buy building materials and the initial stocks to continue her canteen business.

Taraia's story

Taraia is thankful that her family is safe and that her home wasn’t severely damaged by the Tropical Cyclone Yasa in December 2020. However, TC Yasa left many devastated as their homes and livelihood was damaged. For many, an entire lifetime’s work was gone within a few hours.

Fijians are laid back people and phrases such as “Fiji time” have been coined, which implies that locals are usually so relaxed that they arrive later than expected.

Taraia, however, has been proactive after seeing the damage caused by TC Yasa. As the Fijian economy struggles to recover from the twin effects of a recession (resulting in 20% negative growth) and a category 5 Tropical Cyclone, the mother of five has taken matters into her own hands.

She plans to start her own canteen, supplying groceries, fuels (kerosene, benzene and premix) besides e-services (M-Paisa e-Wallet) which is crucial for remote and rural areas.

With the provisions purchased with this loan, Taraia would be able to contribute to the recovery of a village and an economy. The resilience of Fijians in the face of adversity and calamity is truly worth investing in.