Total loan: $1,675


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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

Kaew's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to buy raw materials to ensure her hammock business continues smoothly despite global uncertainty.

Kaew's story

Kaew grew up in difficult circumstances. Her parents were migrant workers in the hill fields of other minority groups in the northern part of Thailand, and her childhood was spent moving around from campsite to campsite. She says, "I never went to school. I was often hungry. Life was difficult."

When many of her relatives moved to a newly established village about twenty years ago, she decided to give it a try. Life was better there and for the first time her family was not threatened or exploited. In that village, called Huay Hoi, she met her husband and got married.

Kaew learned how to weave hammocks from a relative and quickly realized that this was the path to a higher income and a better life. She says, "Weaving hammocks gives me a dependable and fair income. We use this money to buy gas for our motorcycle, buy food, clothes and other necessities."

Now Kaew is making the transition to become a full-time weaver with help from her Kiva loan. She is excited to put all her energy into this job and says, "My friends all say I am good at it, too!"

Kaew's loan will also ensure that her work isn't impacted by the global pandemic. Especially in this time of global uncertainty, Kaew is grateful for your support to continue empowering her journey!