Nooch was born in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand and moved south to Huay Om Village when she married. She was able to earn an elementary education in her childhood, but was not able to pursue her education further. Throughout most of her life, she has worked in field labor. From childhood, she has not seen any opportunities to improve her situation beyond a lifetime of toiling in toxic slash and burn agriculture.
Nooch was intrigued by the idea of weaving hammocks when she first heard about it. Although most weavers in her village are older women who can’t comfortably work in the fields, Nooch realized that her ability to read could be a big asset for the weaving team in Huay Oy. She is able to help others read their design sheets in addition to becoming a skilled weaver herself.
Nooch is excited about the prospect of becoming one of the youngest weavers to run her own business and is grateful for the opportunity to receive a loan that will help her achieve her goals.
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.