Khaen is proud to be a working mother (of two)! As a member of the first generation of Mlabri to grow up in a village instead of the jungle, she spent her youth worried about what her future opportunities would be. She didn't want her future children to have to work in the slash and burn fields where she spent her childhood, but she also did not want to leave her family and community behind to look for work in the city. She knew that living in the city as a Mlabri would leave her vulnerable, but just as importantly, she felt a strong desire to settle down with someone from her tribe and continue Mlabri traditions.
Now Khaen feels like she has achieved many of the goals that used to seem impossible. She married Daeng, a Mlabri young man who also believes in carrying on the tribe's traditions. They work as a team, each weaving hammocks and caring for the children. They are diligent savers and are determined to build a comfortable and stable life for their young family. Through their hard work, they have started to fix up their small home!
Khaen can hardly believe that she has been able to build a happy life after so many years of uncertainty. She is determined to save for her children's future and provide them with more opportunity. She will be using this Kiva loan to stabilize her income, manage her workflow during the coming year and find balance between the busy weaving season and the slower months.
As a member of the newest class of Kiva weavers, Khaen also has support creating a family budget, is part of an ongoing financial literacy program and will receive assistance opening up her first bank account!
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.