Total loan: $1,775
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.
Chataporn is married with three grade-school children and lives in the rural village of Tung Kua in Phrae Province, Thailand. The prospect of having some extra income was immediately attractive to her. Most of the money she and her husband earn comes in at harvest time, when they sell their crops. Stretching the rest to last until the next harvest is no easy task, and it is not unusual for them to start the next growing season already in debt. "We did some figuring," Chataporn says, "and discovered that our biggest single annual expense was interest! We had no idea!" They have found that a regular, stable and reliable income can make a huge difference to their overall financial security. Whether it is incidental expenses that come up during the year, normal household needs or cash to pay bills, hammock weaving is already taking a load off their minds. Chataporn learned how to weave chair hammocks in near-record time. She isn't able to devote much time to weaving during planting season or at harvest time. Even during those wildly busy times, however, she spends as much time weaving as she can manage. This loan will help Chataporn dedicate more time to weaving! She plans to grow her hammock-weaving income by ensuring she has supplies and yarn to weave consistently through the coming year.