Total loan: $450


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Lapaha, Tongatapu, Tonga / Arts

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A loan helped to buy new tutua and ike for her tapa-making business.

'Ivoni's story

Meet 'Ivoni. She is a 52-year-old separated mother of eight, and she lives with all eight children in their own home.

'Ivoni makes tapas with a group of women in their village. They make pure tapas and half-paper, half-tapa tapas, and then divide them among themselves and sell them to earn income for their families. 'Ivoni also makes soft tapas and sells then to some of the tapa women who don't have time to prepare their soft tapas. Her older daughters help with her business, knowing it is their main source of income.

'Ivoni is applying for this loan to buy new tutua and ike for her business. These are the tools used to soften the hard mulberry and turn it into soft tapas.

She dreams of a better life for her children, that even without their father, they can surely manage their lives.