A loan of $650 helped to invest in raw materials so she can secure consistent weaving work and increase her income potential.


Mang's story

Mang was born and raised in a Hmong village in Payao, a province in northern Thailand. After her marriage, she moved with her husband and extended family to a large village called Khunsatan in Nan Province. Unfortunately, they were soon forced to migrate again. There was not enough land for their family to farm, so her husband helped lead a group of Hmong to settle further south, in Phrae Province. Over the decades, this settlement grew into the village of Huay Hom and hundreds of Hmong people made homes there.

A few years ago, Mang’s husband passed away. Like many older Hmong people, she faced a difficult adjustment due to changing cultural norms and the impact of the outside world. In a society that values hard work throughout life, older women would traditionally have home-based roles (sewing clothes, preparing food, etc.). Factory-made clothing and premade foods have eroded their roles, leaving women like Mang without a clear role to contribute to the family.

Hammock weaving created a new opportunity for Mang to earn her own income and continue to contribute to the extended family's household she lives in. Hammock weaving has made her a financial leader among her relatives! This loan will help Mang provide for herself, manage her finances and enjoy a home-based job that allows her to work on her own schedule and spend time with family.



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