A loan of $650 helped to get her own hammock production going and become an independent producer.

Prapapon's story

Prapapon was born and raised in a poor Hmong hill-tribe family. More fortunate than most hill-tribe children, she was able to attend school and learned to read and write in Thai. When Prapapon grew up, she married a young man from a Hmong family and moved to the village of Ban Huay Hom, about 50 km from her home.

The young newlyweds had a hard time building a life together and finding a secure source of income, despite their reputations as hard workers. Prapapon was excited when she discovered the opportunity to weave hammocks and applied herself to learn how to weave every variety of hammock. As more weavers were trained in the art of hammock weaving, Prapapon’s reading and writing skills came in handy! She helps decipher the pattern sheets for weavers who can’t read.

Prapapon is now 25 years old and has six children. She is more committed than ever to providing for her family and making sure her children can receive an education. She has grown into more responsibility and her organizational skills help her oversee production for nearly 50 of her fellow Hmong weavers. With this loan, she will be able to get her own production going and become an independent producer.

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