Total loan: $1,675


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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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A loan helped to buy raw materials and ensure her hammock business continues smoothly despite global economic uncertainty.

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 to 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 work, Yoe is able to invest more money into her family's future. With her earnings, she improved her family's basic quality of life (like buying better groceries), and she invested in farming tools so that their gardening work can be more productive.

This year, Yoe’s loan will help her invest in raw materials for hammock weaving and stabilize her income so that she can work steadily, manage her household budget and continue to grow her savings. Yoe’s loan will also ensure that her work isn't impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Especially in this time of global uncertainty, Yoe is grateful for your support to continue empowering her journey!