Total loan: $2,000


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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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A loan helped invest in supplies for the coming year to transition to full-time hammock weaving.

Yoe's story

Yoe considers herself a traditional Hmong lady. In practical terms, this means that she is devoted to her family and village, and wants what is best for them all as a group. In her case, this traditional outlook led her try a modern way to earn a living. She has taken the leap to leave slash and burn farming behind and embraced the new opportunity of hammock weaving!

Yoe and her family have been subsistence farmers for many years. Two of her five children are still in school. The other three farm the steep mountain sides in the jungles where they live. Alternative employment is scarce, unless one is prepared to move to a big city, far away from family and familiarity. Yoe doesn’t like the idea of her children leaving the village and becoming vulnerable to traffickers.

Through weaving, she is able to earn more money to support her family and feels proud of working toward a brighter future. Through her weaving earnings, she has helped her family invest in a new pick-up truck!

In the coming year, she hopes to use this loan to stabilize her family’s income and continue to invest in the future!

Yoe is proud to be a modern traditionalist!