Total loan: $1,775


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Rongkwang, จ.แพร่, Thailand / Arts

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A loan helped to buy supplies and yarn to grow her weaving business and increase her income potential.

Tawan's story

Tawan is from the Hmong hill-tribe in Northern Thailand. She finished her formal education up to the ninth grade at the school in her home village of Pang Poey, Thailand.

She married a young Hmong man from Huai Hom village in Phrae Province, Thailand and moved there to live with him and his extended family. Like the vast majority of Hmong people in Thailand, she and her husband are farmers.

Farming is always a risky endeavor, and never more so than for smallholders. To further complicate matters, most farmers in Tawan's village do not have clear title to their land, making it impossible to secure a mortgage or bank loan. Working outside of the regulated economic system is expensive, even under the best of circumstances. The only advantage it offers is motivation to get out from under it.

Weaving hammocks has given new hope to many young families, Tawan's among them. By providing weavers with a reliable source of steady income, they are getting away from the old ways of slash and burn agriculture.

"I don't even have to weave every day to cover our family's living expenses," Tawan says. "We now have more money at our disposal during the growing season and get more for our crops at harvest, too, since we don't have a huge debt to repay. I am not as stressed out as I used to be!"

One step at a time, Tawan is moving towards greater financial independence, all thanks to an opportunity to put her considerable skills to use weaving hammocks!