Total loan: $2,000


Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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

Yupin's story

Yupin grew up in the Huay Hom Villlage in rural Thailand during a time of rapid shifts and cultural changes. From the time she was young, she worked alongside her parents doing manual field labor and scraping by on subsistence farming. Now planning for the future is more complex than it was when Yupin’s parents were young. Most farmers plant for the commercial market, and subsistence agriculture is a thing of the past – not to mention that the commercial market is under considerable pressure in the marginal areas around Yupin’s village.

When hammock weaving was first introduced to her village, she immediately realized the advantages that it held over farming. Not only could she earn more money through her weaving, she wouldn’t have to worry about produce spoiling on the way to the market or a crop being taken out by insects.

Yupin’s found great joy in her hammock weaving endeavor. She is excited to transition to weaving full-time through this Kiva loan and she is looking forward to eventually helping finance a new house for her family as well as underwriting her children’s education.

She realizes that education is important in today’s world, even in the less accessible parts of the country where they live. Yupin is determined to make sure that her children have every educational opportunity and are able to keep up with the pace of change in the future.