A loan of $650 helped to get her own hammock production going and become an independent producer.

Arunee's story

Arunee grew up in a Hmong village in Chiang Rai, but moved to the Huay Hom village when she married. Her husband’s family had once lived in the village where she grew up, but had migrated south in search of new opportunities when the land became too crowded.

Arunee is trying to make a new home in Huay Hom. Life for new couples is often hard, especially because land is precious and a home and fields can be difficult to obtain. Most families in Huay Hom work in subsistence farming and use dangerous pesticides to try to eke out crops on their small plots of land.

When Arunee came to Huay Hom, she was curious about the hammocks she saw other women weaving. She naturally jumped in and sought training as a weaver -- especially because hammock weaving is far better compensated, safer, and more flexible than field labor.

No longer newlyweds, she and her husband are eager to build their own home and establish their own family security. With this loan, they will be able to move closer to their dreams as they work, plan and save.

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