A loan of $450 helped to buy pandanus (raw plant materials) for her weaving business.


Mele's story

Mele is 30 years old and a married woman. She has three children. Two of her children are currently attending school.

Mele is running her business of making tapa (a patterned cloth). She had her loan from SPBD as her second loan cycle to buy her pandanus for her weaving.

Mele is working together with her mother in weaving. They weave only ta'ovala (woven mat worn as traditional dress) and sell it to their families and relatives overseas. She earns her income from her business and uses it to help her family's financial matters and also her business and the repayments of her loan.

In the photograph Mele is shown sitting on her ta'ovala to do her weaving.

Her business running very smoothly and actively. Mele is confident in working hard in her business to reach her vision for the future, which is to continue running her business so that her family benefits from it in the future.


This loan is special because:

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



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