Ayoe has an organic chicken farm in her native northern Thailand. She is in her early 30’s, looking after her family of 8 people all under one roof. She 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 her entire life, she has grown rice in the mountains near her home. But because prices of her farm goods go up and down, her income is very unpredictable, and is rarely enough to support her family. She has 700 egg laying hens to raise on farmland. Selling the eggs she gets every day can potentially more than triple the income she makes currently. And, because she can only sell rice once or twice per year, her egg farm will give her and her family a monthly source of cash for their lives, which she plans to use to send her children to study.
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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.