Parichat was born and raised in a Hmong hill-tribe family in Chiang Rai province. When she married, she moved to her husband’s village in Phrae Province, about a 5-hour drive south of her home.
As is common with many young Hmong couples, they started out living with her husband’s family and hoped to work hard enough to afford a place of their own. As a new member of the family, Parichat was eager to prove herself a worthy wife and productive partner. Although Parichat earned an education and can read and write in Thai, she struggled at first to find a source of income; there are few job opportunities in her village or the surrounding area.
Two years ago, Parichat began learning to weave hammocks. She caught on very quickly and her ability to read helped her understand even the most complex weaving patterns without assistance. Now she is a prolific weaver!
Although most couples in their tribe try to start families right away, Parichat and her husband are only recently expecting their first baby. This loan will help Parichat establish her continued independence as a producer and assure them of a stable source of income as they build their new family.
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.