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Susana Vaea

Tonga

Susana (51) lives with six of her nine children. She grows vegetables to supplement her family’s income from their taxi business. As another planting season approaches, Susana asks for a loan to buy high quality seeds. She is confident this will ensure a good harvest – which will in turn generate more income to improve her family’s standard of living, and their chance of a better future.

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Melesungu Hakalo

Tonga

Tapa is a paper-like cloth made from the bark of a mulberry tree which is pound into a fibrous pulp, dried and hand-painted by Tongan women. Melesungu (62) has four children. She lives with her husband, two of her own children and two grandkids. Her husband is a farmer but his wage barely meets all their needs. Melesungu plans to run a tapa-making business to supplement her husband’s income. She will use her loan to buy the raw materials she needs to start her business and hopes the extra income will help cover the costs of her grandchildren’s education.

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Brigida Secula

Philippines

Because of the high upfront cost to raise chickens or grow vegetables, Brigida has chosen to keep pigs. Pigs cost less to feed and she can sell them at the end of the school year when her household budget is almost empty. Brigida will use her loan to buy feed supplements to fatten her piglets faster, knowing that the more they weigh, the higher will be her profit. The extra cash will be used to improve the family’s living conditions and to ensure her children’s school fees are paid.

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Liana Tonga

Tonga

For the past few years, Liana (46) has been running a canteen eatery to support her six children, three
still at school. Now she seeks a loan to buy more cooking equipment and a stove to expand her output of home-cooked dishes and snacks. Liana will prepare more of these ready-to-eat meals at home, and deliver them to a local food stall. She is confident she will be able to
earn enough to cover her children’s school costs.

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Aniki Fuahala

Tonga

Aniki is a 36 year old widow with five children. Aniki and her children live with her parents. She makes a living by selling handicrafts. Aniki is seeking a loan so she can purchase native pandanus leaves and fibres to make her handicraft pieces. She needs the extra income to meet the education and everyday needs of her children.

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Metanou Niua

Tonga

Metanou is a 43 year old mother of two school-age children. She has chosen to help her family’s livelihood by making tapa. The inner bark of the paper-mulberry tree is used to make tapa, the traditional Tongan cloth. This paper-like cloth is made into a fibrous pulp, dried, and hand-painted by Tongan women. It is given as gifts at weddings and funerals, or used for clothing, blankets and costumes. Metanou is seeking a loan so she can purchase the raw materials to make tapa. With this fresh working capital, and continued hard work, she hopes to increase turnover, and have more cash to spare for her family’s wellbeing.

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