Total loan: $1,675


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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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

Ching's story

Ching lives in the village of Huay Hom, in the mountains of Phrae Province, Thailand. She has been married for a long time and she and her husband have nine children, all of whom are grown now. They all farmed together by hand for many years, working long hours to bring in unpredictable crops.

Some of her children have moved to other places, but some live right in the same village where Ching does. Now that Ching has gotten older and can't work in the fields, one of her jobs in the family is to take care of the grandchildren. She finds hammock weaving to be a perfect way to earn money. She says, "Weaving hammocks allows me to stay at home and watch my grandchildren and still have an income to help with expenses around the house."

She's used her supplemental weaving income to to buy rice, groceries and several items that she never had before, such as a rice cooker, a TV, a fan and a mobile phone.

Ching says "My husband is proud of me." He still works in the fields, but he is glad that she has the power contribute to the family budget, too. In the old days, older women didn't have this option. Now she is ready to start weaving hammocks full-time and saving money for when they get older.