Total loan: $975


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Nakawakawa, Northern Division, Fiji / Food

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

A loan helped to buy building materials to repair her home. She will also purchase kava plants, and pay for processing and packaging kava to sell.

Miriama's story

As a woman, an entrepreneur, and a resident of Nakawakawa village which was hit in December 2020 by the tropical cyclone Yasa, Miriama has had a lifetime to practice resilience. All this happened when families would prepare for the festive season, but unfortunately the economy had just suffered a recession and a family feast was going to be foregone for many.

So it would be safe to say that women entrepreneurs are struggling from the twin effects of the recession because of the COVID-19 pandemic and also the devastations caused by TC Yasa. To add insult to injury, the meteorological services have announced that Fiji should expect four to six tropical cyclones for the year 2021.

Miriama noticed how kava farmers were harvesting their matured kava plants as they cleared the debris from their farms. Kava, known in Fiji as “Yaqona”, is an essential part of South Pacific culture, used as a social drink throughout the region for relaxation and stress relief.

This grandmother of nine hopes to secure a loan to repair her home and buy the harvested kava plants. Miriama will also pay for it to be processed and marketed in custom-made packages.

As the saying goes, a successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her. A loan would make Miriama a successful businesswoman.