Wimon was born and raised in northeastern Thailand (near the Cambodian border). Her village was so poor and the future so bleak that she took a big chance on moving away and finding factory work in Bangkok, the capital city.
In Bangkok she met her future husband, another transplant from the countryside. After their marriage, they moved to his ancestral home, the tiny village of “Huay Oi” in Phrae Province. He owned a small amount of land, so they entered into agrarian life. In recent years farming has required a larger and larger investment of money for seeds, chemicals and fertilizers. The family’s budget has been strained and it’s been a struggle to turn any profit off the land.
Wimon found that hammock weaving was a perfect supplement to her income- she is able to work from her home in her spare time without missing out on family life. With her additional income, her family is able to make plans for the future. They are planning to build a house and put their daughter through school.
This loan will allow her to invest more time in hammock weaving and greatly contribute to the family’s income.
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.