Total loan: $1,775


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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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

A loan helped invest in raw materials to secure consistent weaving work and increase income potential.

Oorathai's story

Oorathai is an incredibly busy and dedicated mom! She and her husband have four children, from three years to fifteen years old.

Oorathai first began making hammocks, on and off, seven years ago, before her last two children were born. She was surprised to learn how much she loved the transition to weaving.

Oorathai likes making hammocks because she can do it year round, regardless of the weather. She is able to be at home when her children leave for school, and be there when they come home.

She is convinced that she is able to contribute more to the family income than she would be able to do planting corn, rice or cabbage in the mountain fields where her family has traditionally farmed.

Finally, as a young woman of childbearing age, she does not have to be exposed to the chemicals which are used in agriculture.

Oorathai says,"My friends lost their jobs this past year as times were tough, but mine is stable and pays me a good return on my time. My family really appreciates the financial stability that we have had since I began weaving hammocks."

Her Kiva loan will give her the resources to commit to weaving all year round, without taking on a financial risk of leaving slash and burn agriculture behind.