Total loan: $700


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Port Vila, Shefa Province, Vanuatu / Food

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A loan helped to purchase bags of Taro to stock up her kitchen and increase her income.

Ileen's story

Ileen lives in a village located 8 kilometres out of Port Vila city, Vanuatu. Her community is large, and the main industry is tourism. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused loss of employment, so for one to make an income has become quite tricky.

Ileen is 35 years of age and has a partner who is a carpenter. She has two children aged 13 and 11, both are whom attend the village primary school. She lives with her family in a small home unit.

She has requested a loan to help her purchase bags of taro so she can stock up her kitchen, in order to bake them for her valuable customers. Taro is a starchy root crop with edible leaves and has provided good nutrition to Pacific Islanders for hundreds of years. Ileen will use her earned revenue to pay for her children's school fees so they can get a good education and a well paid job in the future.

She and her husband own a woodworking business as well, doing cupboards, dining tables and coffee tables which is a major support for her family. They have been in this businesses since 2010, it has supported her family to care for their needs and wants. She dreams of starting to build their family a house on their piece of land, so they won't have to pay for rent.

South Pacific Business Development (Vanuatu) Ltd has supported Ileen for over 3 years now, and this is her fourth loan. She trusts her loan will help her grow to become a successful businesswoman and to continue to provide for her family financially.