Sai Chon has lived her whole life in Sugar Cane Creek Village (“Huay Oi” in Thai) in rural northern Thailand. Sai Chon and her family are Thai citizens, but as members of a small remote community they have suffered from marginalization and limited economic opportunity.
Sai Chon’s life has had many ups and downs. For many years her husband was the village headman and she was active in the village as a “first lady.” Two years ago her husband fell ill and their world came tumbling down. Their business endeavors fell by the wayside and their finances became extremely precarious. There are few safety nets for families in their position- most loans come with exorbitant interest rates and end up with families trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty.
Sai Chon trained as a weaver and found fulfillment through her hammock weaving work. She is able to secure a solid income for herself and her family and to leave the intense worry of the past few years behind.
This loan will provide her family with the needed funds to get her hammock business off the ground and grow her income to a level of ongoing stability.
About Yellow Leaf Hammocks
Yellow Leaf Hammocks is a for-profit social enterprise that trains and supports artisan weavers as they create high-margin luxury hammocks. By laying the foundation for a sustainable micro-economy, the organization is helping alleviate poverty, social injustice and environmental degradation for rural hill tribes in northern Thailand. The enterprise is a wholesale hammock seller that distributes its products through retail boutiques and e-commerce websites.
Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help artisans buy the raw materials to make hammocks. Additionally, the funds are used to expand the distribution network to increase hammock sales globally.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.