Lamduan was born in rural “Huay Oi” (Sugar Cane Creek) Village and spent her entire life living within that small, remote community. She and her family face the same troubles of many poor villagers- obstacles to employment, dependence on uncertain crop prices and a lack of formal education.
For most of her adult life, she was a farm laborer. Her chances to get ahead in life were limited to crop sales and her entire year’s income was completely dependent on price fluctuation.
As a woman, Lamduan also faced entrenched obstacles to her local political ambitions. While she was once very active in village leadership and served as the assistant to the village headman, she wasn’t able to rally the support to overcome the male-dominated hierarchy in her community.
Weaving is an empowering opportunity for Lamduan and women like her. She is able to set her own schedule, work from home and earn an ample income without the risk and uncertainty of farm labor. She enjoys her weaving work and the power and independence it affords her. Weaving has helped improve women’s standing within the community, helping them earn greater respect from men and setting a strong example for their children.
This loan will help Lamduan achieve greater financial independence and stability as she is able to plan her budget and production for the coming months.
About Yellow Leaf Hammocks
Yellow Leaf Hammocks is a for-profit social enterprise that trains and supports artisan weavers as they create high-margin luxury hammocks. By laying the foundation for a sustainable micro-economy, the organization is helping alleviate poverty, social injustice and environmental degradation for rural hill tribes in northern Thailand. The enterprise is a wholesale hammock seller that distributes its products through retail boutiques and e-commerce websites.
Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help artisans buy the raw materials to make hammocks. Additionally, the funds are used to expand the distribution network to increase hammock sales globally.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.