Total loan: $1,400


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Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu / Services

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A loan helped to purchase sewing materials, fabric paint to better provide for her customers, and also to hire labor for garden maintenance to improve kava growth.

Norah's story

Norah lives in a village located 6 kilometers away from Port Vila city. Her community is large, and the main industry is agriculture. Ni-Vanuatu love their local food, so making an income has not been a problem in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Norah is happily married to a self-employed construction worker. She is 46 years old and has five children ages 21, 17, 13, 3 and 2. She lives with her family in her own home.

Norah has requested a loan to help her purchase sewing materials and fabric paints to better provide for her customers demand for her sewn products. She will also pay to hire labor for garden maintenance back in Santo island which is 275 kilometers away from Port Vila city to get a good harvest of her kava crops. She wants to make new kinds of dresses to attract more customers.

With the earned income, she will continue paying for labor for her kava plantation and also hire an employee to help her with her sewing. Norah has a retail shop that has supported her business and household. South Pacific Business Development (Vanuatu) Ltd has assisted Norah for over three years now, and this is her fifth loan. She has been faithful in her previous loan repayments. As her business grows with each loan, Norah feels empowered to expand her business and become a successful entrepreneur.