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Ma. Luz Farigde

Philippines

Customers of Ma. Luz have been shopping elsewhere recently because she has run low on stock and her shelves are almost bare. Ma. Luz(63) wants to restore takings so that she can support her family’s daily needs. To get customers back and attract new ones, she will use her loan to resupply her store with standard items such as liquor, cigarettes, canned goods and noodles. Ma. Luz hopes to keep her shelves well stocked so that her store remains a viable business.

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Hola Palanite

Tonga

Weaving is part of the way of life of most Tongan women, and for Hola Palanite it is the means to support her two children. The family shares a cramped house and struggle to meet their daily needs. Hola takes native pandanus leaves and fibres, and weaves them into traditional mats, containers and furnishings. She is sure she could sell more goods if only she had more materials to work with. Hola will use her loan to buy these extra inputs, and increase her weaving production to boost the family’s income

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Katiola Tokotaha

Tonga

Katiola Tokotaha and her family survive largely on her weaving income. She wants to improve their standard of living, but knows she must sell more of her woven crafts to do this. If she is to increase sales, Katiola needs to boost her production. So she has requested a loan to finance raw materials such as native fibres, and to let her hold a wider range of completed items for sale. With this fresh working capital, and continued hard work, Katiola hopes to increase turnover, and have more cash to spare for her family’s wellbeing.

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'Ilaisaane Talanoa

Tonga

Ilaisaane Talanoa is an enterprising woman. She runs her own catering business, hiring people to provide food and drink at functions such as weddings, funerals, conferences, feasts etc. In a good week she can take in more than $200. A loan will help her expand this catering venture and its income, and improve her family’s living conditions. At 38, Ilaisaane’s goal is to build her family their own house.

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Manu Papa

Tonga

Farmers need access to credit between planting and harvest. Manu Papa and her husband are no different as they prepare their plot for next season’s crops. She has applied for a loan to invest in the seeds, fertilizer and pesticides that are essential for a healthy harvest. The yield from their efforts will allow Manu to meet the daily needs of her family, at least until the next cropping season.

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Teu Palu

Tonga

Teu Palu is an enterprising woman. She prepares ready-to-eat meals at home, then packs and delivers them around the village and to shops. A loan will enable her to buy extra ingredients to expand this catering venture and its income, and improve her family’s living conditions. At 22, Teu’s priority is her children’s education. A successful snack and meal service will ensure she can meet their school costs.

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