Ama has an organic chicken farm in his native northern Thailand. He is in their mid 50’s, looking after a family of 7 people living at their home, including their 3 secondary school-aged children. He 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 worked as a hired laborer in the mountains near his home. But because prices he is never guaranteed work, his income is very unpredictable, and is rarely enough to support his family. He has 700 egg laying hens to raise on farmland. Selling the eggs he gets every day can potentially more than triple the income he makes currently. His egg farm will give him and his family a monthly source of cash for their lives, which he plans to use to send his children to study and cover family expenses.
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About Hilltribe Organics Limited:
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.
A loan of $3,600 helps to buy feed for chicken.