Money lending is a profession often associated with the men of the Indian community; to be specific to the men of the Chettiar community. Madam E.A.Ponnammal was a pioneer in her times. She was a Tamil lady who operated a money lending business in the early 20th century in Singapore. She is accredited with funding businessmen from her community, the Agamudayar Devar, in Singapore. This pair of traditional gold and ruby earrings in a floral pattern belonged to Madam E.A.Ponnamal. This donation was made by Mrs. Lakshmi Rengasamy Davar in memory of her aunt Madam E.A.Ponnammal (1898- 1973).