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Lua Alatini

Tonga

Lua’s four children are already married with their own families, but still often ask for her financial support. Lua (57) supplements her farmer husband’s income by weaving high-quality ta’ovala. When dressing formally, local people wear these garments around the waist. Ceremonial ta’ovala are particularly treasured and are handed down from generation to generation. Lua is seeking a loan to expand her business by buying pandanus leaves and hibiscus fibre for her weaving. She will use the income to make much-needed house improvements and support her grandchildren’s education.

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Silia Vaka

Tonga

Silia (69) has four children, two of whom are already married with their own families. Her youngest daughter still attends school. Silia has requested a loan to replenish the stocks of the grocery shop she operates from her home. These stores (‘canteens’) sell kitchen staples and groceries to meet local households’ daily needs. Silia will use the extra income to provide more security for her family and invest in her daughter’s education.

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Elisepa Finau

Tonga

Elisepa is a 40-year old mother of three children, two of whom are still at school. Her husband works hard but his income is not enough to cover their family’s needs. For this reason, Elisepa runs a small weaving business. She takes native pandanus leaves and fibres, and weaves them into decorative and functional mats. Elisepa has asked for a loan to buy more materials, and hopes that increased output will generate more income. She plans to use the extra income to pay for her children’s education expenses and make much-needed house improvements.

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Emily Failaman

Philippines

At 46, Emily has many ideas on how to improve her grilled snacks business. Her bbq stand currently earns her about $5 a day, but she knows she can boost this income with a wider variety of food choices. She needs a loan to stock up on hot dogs, pork, chicken livers and chorizo. The extended menu should at least double her trade. Emily wants to help her parents support the family, especially her younger siblings’ education.

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Rosalie Narbonito

Philippines

On a good day, Rosalie earns about $5 by selling tasty barbequed snacks in her village. However, even the combined takings of Rosalie and her husband are insufficient to cover their growing family’s needs. She is requesting a loan to buy more meat so that she can expand her snack shop. Any increase in sales and profits will benefit her family and relieve Rosalie and her husband from some of their financial worries.

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Ateca Soleinalaca

Fiji

Ateca Soleinalaca sells vegetables from a stall on the main road near her village. She buys her stock from wholesalers in the central market and manages to make $20 a day, depending on customer demand. She will use the loan to add more inventories to her stall. Hopefully the increased income will help meet the cost of her children’s education and generally improve their living conditions.

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