A loan of $2,150 helped to increase her production capacity to secure consistent weaving work.


Chanai's story

After rampant environmental destruction drove the Mlabri tribe from their traditional forest home, Chanai and her family were forced into bondage as field laborers in back-breaking toxic agriculture. Exploited, impoverished and malnourished, only 300 Mlabri survived this dark era.

Today, hammocks are empowering Chanai and her family to build a brighter future. Weaving work is safe, highly paid and community-focused. Chanai is overjoyed that her children are able to attend school instead of toiling in the fields.

As one of the most outgoing weavers, she keeps the old Mlabri traditions alive with her love of storytelling. Chanai loves the freedom that she has to work at her own pace as a weaver- it suits her relaxed, fun-loving nature.

Chanai is also a traditional Mlabri in the sense that she puts the community first. For example, she has had several extended family members move in with her during the past year. In many cultures, this would be an unwelcome strain on finances- but Chanai sees this as an opportunity to teach her family how to weave and share more work with everyone.

She is excited to use this Kiva loan to help expand production and ensure that her family can work and learn during the slow season. They will build momentum and stockpile hammocks for a busy spring!

As a member of the newest class of Kiva weavers, Chanai also has support creating a family budget, is part of an ongoing financial literacy program and will receive assistance opening up her first bank account!



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