Ayae is a member of the Akha tribe in Chiang Rai, Thailand, one of several different ethnic groups who make their homes across the mountain ranges of southern China, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, and Thailand. For his entire life, he has grown corn and beans on family land in the mountains near his home. But because prices of his farm goods go up and down, his income is very unpredictable, and is rarely enough to support his family.
With a 126,000 THB loan, Ayae will be able to buy 700 egg laying hens to raise on farmland that until now has been unable to grow crops. Selling the eggs he gets every day can potentially triple the income Ayae makes currently. And, because he could only sell corn and beans once or twice a year, his new egg farm will give him and his family a monthly source of cash for the first time in their lives.
More information about this loan
This loan is provided to hill tribe farmers in the Chaing Rai province of Thailand. This loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods as opposed to cash or financial credit. It will be used to buy organic chickens that lay eggs that are then sold back to Hilltribe Organics at a premium price. The loan is repaid by farmers handing back the chickens at the end of the loan period. The chickens are sold to the food industry and the proceeds used to repay the loan. Any shortfall is met by Hilltribe Organics. Farmers are provided with all training and support necessary to acquire the skills necessary to farm chickens organically. By supporting this loan you are helping vulnerable hill tribe communities to increase their income and preserve their way of life.
About Hilltribe Organics:
Hilltribe Organics is a social enterprise with the aim of sustainably increasing the income of hill tribe farmers in Northern Thailand through free-range, organic chicken farms for egg production. The hill tribe people face a higher degree of poverty than many other groups in Thailand.
Hilltribe Organics supplies farmers with the organic chickens and feed and provides extensive training and expert advice to ensure farmers have all the resources necessary to carry out egg production. Hilltribe Organics guarantees to buy the eggs at a fair and agreed upon price. They then sell the eggs onto supermarkets and upmarket restaurants.