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Total loan: $1,775

Manapron

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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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


Manapron's story

Manapron lives in a small village in the mountains of Phrae Province, Thailand. She and her family face the same troubles as many rural villagers--obstacles to employment, dependence on uncertain crop prices, and a lack of formal education.

Manapron and her family have been subsistence farmers for many years. Alternative employment is scarce, unless one is prepared to move to a big city, far away from family and familiarity. Manapron doesn’t like the idea of her three children leaving the village and becoming vulnerable to traffickers.

Prior to weaving hammocks, Manapron worked as a laborer in slash-and-burn farming. Agriculture in the part of Thailand where Manapron lives is far from easy. The land is marginally productive, and even small scale farmers who only want to plant enough rice for family consumption must use fertilizer and other inputs to eke out a crop, which is dangerous and detrimental to the environment.

Hammock-weaving has not just been an excellent alternative, but has provided a significant improvement to her quality of life and an increase in income. The profits she earns from weaving hammocks go towards her children’s education and household expenses.

This loan will help Manapron stabilize her hammock-weaving income by ensuring she has supplies and yarn to weave consistently through the coming year.