A loan helped to buy timber and an iron roof for her house, which was damaged by a cyclone, and also to buy some more pandanus for her business.

Telesia's story

Telesia is 29 years old and married. She has three children, one of whom is currently attending school. Telesia runs two businesses, making kiekie and weaving. She runs her businesses at her owned home. Her earnings depend on having enough products to sell. Her products include kiekie, mats, and ta'ovala. Telesia is self-employed and she sometimes hires a person to help her if there is a big order from her customers.

Telesia's business was running very well until last February when Tonga was hit by a very strong cyclone named Gita, which affected most Tongan people's lives. As for Telesia, more than a half of her roof was blown off, two finished kiekie that she had made were soaking wet and ruined, and her pandanus plantation, where she gets her raw materials, was damaged.

Telesia applied for a rehabilitation loan to buy an iron roof and timbers to fix and recover her house for the safety of her family. She still continues to run her business in order to achieve her vision to educate her children to have a better future.

This loan is special because:

It provides women with credit in a country where alternative financing is extremely scarce.

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