A loan of $1,200 helped to buy feathers, paint, and weaving equipments.


Oloniu's story

Oloniu is the secretary of Aleisa C and one of the active members in the Aleisa Center. Oloniu’s business is weaving fine mats, and she also runs a shop at the front of her house. These fine mats are used for faalavelave and for many of Samoan special occasions such as funerals and weddings. The mats (Ie Sina or Ie Toga) in the Samoan way of life (faasamoa) are one of the treasured goods of the Samoan people, and they are expensive in price. Oloniu's weaving business is the substitute for the shop in case cash flow is slow. Oloniu is looking at ways of marketing her fine mats overseas, and she is confident that the money from her business will be worthwhile.



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