Total loan: $1,675


Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

Chaopaka's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

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

Chaopaka's story

Chaopaka lives in the village of Huay Hom, in the mountains of Phrae Province, Thailand. Many in her community face economic hardship, but Nat's life is even more difficult because she is a single mother without a partner to help her provide for her child.

For many years, Nat worked with her extended family to farm outside the village. Their income was always uncertain, and money came in at unpredictable intervals.

When Nat started weaving hammocks, she was thrilled to have more control over the amount of money she earned and the pace at which she was paid! She says, "Besides being able to meet my daily needs, I have been able to buy a cell phone, a TV, a fan and a rice cooker. My life is not perfect, but it is much better than it would be if I weren't weaving hammocks!"

In the coming year, Nat is ready to transition to full-time hammock weaving with help from her Kiva loan. She feels confident that the future is bright and says, "I think my life will get even better as I work hard and take care of my child."