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Total loan: $1,150

Oripa

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Daku-LBS, Northern Division, Fiji / Construction

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A loan helped to buy building materials to repair a home and construct a Kava Bar.


Oripa's story

The demand for kava has been reportedly stable, even though other business ventures have felt the sting of the recession that came because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kava is a drink famous for its anti-anxiety effects that induces relaxation. It is the most popular social drink in Fiji and Fijians of all races enjoy the “brown label” or more aptly the “brown bag” beverage.

The women entrepreneurs of Fiji in the North had to take a second unforeseen blow when Tropical Cyclone Yasa ravaged their homes and livelihoods in December 2020. Oripa, who runs a kava business, had to pause her business transactions, as it was imperative for every villager to be available for the communal recovery efforts.

There has been much progress with many people back in their homes, and Oripa is keen on continuing her business after her home is repaired. She seeks a loan to buy building materials to repair her home and also to construct a Kava Bar as an extension of her business and also to accommodate avenues of collaboration within her community.

A loan would ensure that Oripa and her family can weather any unforeseen disastrous circumstances by being financially stable, and her Kava Bar would be a space for her community to discuss ways to progress as a more resilient and tenacious people after suffering a loss from a natural disaster.