Arunee grew up in a Hmong village in Chiang Rai, but moved to the Huay Hom village when she married. Her husband’s family had once lived in the village where she grew up, but had migrated south in search of new opportunities when the land became too crowded.
Arunee is trying to make a new home in Huay Hom. Life for new couples is often hard, especially because land is precious and a home and fields can be difficult to obtain. Most families in Huay Hom work in subsistence farming and use dangerous pesticides to try to eke out crops on their small plots of land.
When Arunee came to Huay Hom, she was curious about the hammocks she saw other women weaving. She naturally jumped in and sought training as a weaver -- especially because hammock weaving is far better compensated, safer, and more flexible than field labor.
No longer newlyweds, she and her husband are eager to build their own home and establish their own family security. With this loan, they will be able to move closer to their dreams as they work, plan and save.
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.