Total loan: $700


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Havelu, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy pandanus and hire women to weave for her.

'Asena's story

This 78-year-old lady's name is 'Asena. She still manages to conduct her weaving, and she has been running this business for more than 40 years now. For many years, her family has benefitted from the work of her hand, and for many years she influenced others to run their own business and make an earning. 'Asena believes that if you run your own business and make your own money, having an independent life is so satisfying. That is how she lived for these many years.

She weaves ta'ovala, mats and fihu, then sells them and pays for their bills and the children's education. Now they all have their own life, yet 'Asena still manages to run her business without failing. Her age does not get any younger and 'Asena is thinking of hiring a group of women to weave for her, so that her business will continue to operate. This loan will implement her plan and also buy pandanus for her weaving.