Traditional hunting and gathering in this region of Thailand has been significantly disrupted by rapid deforestation and economic development. This has left the people there with no land ownership rights or knowledge of agriculture or other sources of income. Many have no choice other than to work for neighboring tribes or take up toxic slash-and-burn farming practices.
Now some of the Yellow Leaf people are achieving sustained economic success through their hammock weaving. Not only are they receiving high wages, but weavers are trained and can manage their workflows according to their family priorities.
Since launching last December, nine Yellow Leaf hammock weavers have joined the Kiva partnership. Just 30 days after receiving their Kiva loans, here is an update on how their lives have been impacted so far (we're really excited about what's happening!):
You can learn more about Yellow Leaf Hammocks' partnership with Kiva here . If you have questions, send them our way at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Images and information courtesy of Yellow Leaf Hammocks.