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Total loan: $1,775

Aiy

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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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


Aiy's story

Aiy (pronounced “eye”) has spent her life among farming people. She was originally born in a Hmong Village in Nan Province, but she moved to the village of Huay Hom in Phrae Province when she married her husband twenty years ago. Over the last 20 years, she has been hard at work farming and raising her four children. Two of her children have jobs in the city now, and the two youngest are attending the local village school.

She and her husband have always worked in the local slash and burn farming practice, but the instability of field life and unpredictability of crops kept her from having the financial security she dreamed of.

Aiy has woven hammocks sporadically over the years, but her original Kiva loan gave her the opportunity to transition to weaving year-round. This loan will enable her to invest in her weaving materials and leave the fields behind for good. Aiy says that having money to help provide for her children’s education is the main reason for wanting to invest in weaving hammocks full time.