Total loan: $1,600


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Yasothon, จ.ยโสธร, Thailand / Agriculture

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A loan helped to pay for buying cows for organic rice farming.

Paitoon's story

Mr. Paitoon is a small-scale farmer living in the Northeastern part of Thailand. He is 44 years old and lives with his beloved wife. He previously practiced conventional rice farming for a long time but shifted to organic rice farming 5 years ago. With a natural solution like organic farming that eliminates his exposure to harmful agrochemicals, he and his family are now living a healthier life. He believes he is leading a sustainable life that also builds a friendly ecosystem along the way.

Mr. Paitoon is a father of two children who are both in primary school. He and his wife help each other with organic farming on his 15.4-acre farm. It takes an average of 6 months after planting before he can harvest rice and sell it for income. However, his rice yield is quite low because of poor irrigation, flooding and poor soil conditions. Therefore, he is looking for financial assistance to purchase something useful to not only improve soil conditions but also to achieve higher rice yields and reduce costs. He needs a loan to purchase cowss. He can then use the manure from his cows throughout the year. This will reduce his agricultural costs since he will not have to purchase organic fertilizer. He expects his rice yield will be 10 percent higher with the manure from cows, and that means his harvest will sell for more money. His dream is to save a lot of money to prepare for the future of his two children.