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Siviu Latu

Tonga

Siviu has four children. Three are married, but the youngest is still in high school. Even though her older children have their own families, they often ask her for financial assistance. She makes kiekie to support the family, as her fisherman husband’s income is not sufficient to meet all their needs. Kiekie is an ornamental girdle worn around the waist on semiformal occasions, mainly by women but also sometimes by men. Siviu seeks a loan to expand her traditional dress business, to earn more income and provide better for her family.

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Luisa Toia

Tonga

Luisa (28 years old) lives with her husband and five young children. Her small weaving business is the family’s main source of income. Luisa could increase her output if she had the capital to buy more raw materials such as native fibres. She will use this loan to do this, and hopes to generate enough cash to ensure her children receive the care and education they need.

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Hem THUN

Cambodia

Sticky rice cakes are a popular food for Cambodian people. Widow Thun (56) makes a living by selling these tasty treats. Her daughter helps out by working at a garment factory, but their combined income is just about $5 a day. Hem struggles to support her household on this small amount and seeks a loan to expand her business. She will use the funds to buy ingredients to make more rice cakes. Hem hopes this initiative will improve her family’s living conditions.

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Pov CHEA

Cambodia

Pov Chea (59) is a widow who lives with two of her children. She runs a small grocery store, which earns about $8 a day. Pov knows that increasing the variety of goods in her shop will improve sales and boost her income. She requests a loan to buy new stock and refill her shelves. Pov is confident this will improve her profits and help achieve a better life.

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Melane Fakatoumaulupe

Tonga

At 59, Melane’s five children have their own families, but still often they ask her for financial
support. She is a talented weaver and proud of her work. She will use this loan to buy the best
quality dried leaves and fibres to weave her decorative and functional mats. With more of handicraft wares available for sale, Melane can assist her children, as well as save for much-needed home improvements.

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Alma Codo

Philippines

In the past, Alma used to sell charcoal, but gave it up as her daily income was not enough. Now, at 35, and only earning $5 a day as a farm labourer, she has decided to restart her charcoal business. She sources this essential household fuel from burners in the nearby forest. A loan will allow Alma to trade in much larger volumes, which should double her previous earnings. This will provide enough to support her family.

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