A loan helped to plough their plantation and also buy new iron and timber to recover their house from cyclone damages.


Mele's story

Mele is a 51-year-old, married woman. She has four children and six grandchildren.

She took a loan to help finance her two business: growing peanuts and making tapa. Like many of SPBD’s borrowers, Mele earns money by selling her peanuts and making tapa,her business located at her home which is located on the south western side of Tongatapu the main island of Tonga.

Mele is a very hard worker; she left school when she was still in the secondary level since her parents could not afford to pay for her school fees. Even though her husband is working, she was motivated to make use of her talents to operate her bushinesses in order to bring in some more income for their little family.

Tonga was struck by a very strong cyclone named Gita in February this year and more than half of their roof was blown off. Mele and her husband work hard to make sure they can build a house for them for the warmth and safety of their children.


This loan is special because:

It helps proven female entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create jobs.



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