Total loan: $1,775


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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.

Choe's story

Choe lives in the village of Huay Hom, in the mountains of Phrae Province, Thailand. She and her husband have six children, three of whom are grown and three of whom still go to school.

She and her husband have both been full-time farmers for many years. They plant rice for their family to eat and plant other crops that they try to sell. Choe says "It is hard, hot work!"

Farming is also unpredictable and hard to rely on financially. Besides farming, there are few employment opportunities in her village. So, Choe was excited to be able to start making hammocks and earning extra money to meet household expenses.

Choe says, "Before we could do hammocks, most women my age were not able to contribute to the family income."

She feels empowered by her weaving skills and her extra income. Her original Kiva loan gave her the confidence to transition to a full-time weaving role. Her goal with this loan is to grow her hammock weaving business to no longer have to work in slash and burn agriculture!