A loan helped to expand her canteen business by adding more food items, personal hygiene items, household cleaning items, and other miscellaneous products.


Iowana's story

The people of Nakorovou village breathed a sigh of relief when Iowana decided to begin selling from her home a variety of basic food items that they usually run short of quickly. As the sole breadwinner of her family, she decided that she would help her family by selling small things such as salt, canned tuna, noodles, and tea leaves and it was immediately a success.

Looking after two elderly grandparents and going fishing for a living became a handful, so she decided to continue with the canteen so she can tend to her grandparents and the canteen simultaneously. The small income from the canteen is barely enough to keep up with the payments and hospital bills for the family of three, so Iowana hopes to expand her business for the benefit of her family and the community.

She hopes to purchase more food items, personal hygiene items, household cleaning items, and other miscellaneous products that people frequently ask for (such as cigarettes, phone recharge cards, and kerosene). She also hopes to expand the size of her canteen and build more shelving. The increased business will allow her to pay for her grandparents' medical care at the hospital, fix the leaking roof of their home, and save up for her future.


This loan is special because:

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



Loan details


Lenders and lending teams



Loan details