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Report Date: August 23, 2014

Update from ITDP January - June 2014

 

Recent Events

Activities

The micro-loan program has continued to do well.  During the first half of this year 16 villages were assisted.  Each village has 1 group with one village having 2 groups.  There are a total of 17 groups with 217 members.  The total amount loaned is 1,975,000 baht (US$62,000).

Most of the members are farmers and loans mostly went to assist with buying corn, kidney bean and soybean seeds, as well as to plant garlic. Some fertilizers were purchased for Longan, Lychee and Coffee trees.  These loans have helped people from having to borrow at high interest rates and/or being in debt to large agricultural companies.  Villagers are hoping that they can get fairer markets and prices for their products than they have in the past. 

Project officers monitor these loans 2-3 times / year.  During the past 6 months there were at least 2 visits to each village.  Members have learned how to work in teams, gather and pool their resources and help each other during crop preparation, harvesting and markets.

 

Personal Stories

very gratefulThe family of Jalaw and Nasan Javu are from the Lahu Tribe. They have 3 sons and 1 daughter. All the children are married.  They depend on agriculture to make a living. Rice is grown as a staple, and corn, kidney bean, and soybeans as income for the family. They are very thankful for the micro-loans that enable them to generate an income, as well as provide some food on the table.  With this loan they can increase crop production therefore increasing income. 

 

very grateful

 

The family of Abela and Nahae Javu are from Lahu Tribe. They have 2 sons and 1 daughter. All the children are students.  They depend on agriculture to make a living.  Rice is grown as a staple, and corn, kidney bean, and soybeans as income for the family. They would like to thank Bright Hope for the micro-loans that enable them to generate an income, as well as provide some food on the table.  With this loan they can increase crop production therefore increasing income. 


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The family of Chonlachai and Aphae Pislert are from the Akha Tribe. They have 1 son and 2 daughters. They are very young and the mother has to raise them at home. The oldest daughter goes to childcare center.  They depend on agriculture to make a living. Rice is grown as a staple, while corn and Longan as income for the family.  They would like to thank Bright Hope for the micro-loans that enable them to buy fertilizer for their Longan fields which helps increase production, therefore increasing income to buy food, milk and educational materials for their children. 


very grateful


The family of Asae and Menae Pislert are from Akha Tribe. They have 4 sons and 2 daughters. All the children are married. They depend on agriculture to make a living.  Rice is grown as a staple, while corn and Longan as income for the family.  They are very thankful for the micro-loans that enable them to buy fertilizer for their Longan fields which helps increase production, therefore increasing income to buy food and rice.  Last year their paddy fields were flooded so they had to buy rice.

 


Plans for the Next 6 Months

• Survey new target area, communities that lack opportunities and have no funds for income generation through crop investments.  In addition, there are many communities that need help with occupational development.
• Help identify new markets with better prices.
• Gather information for new planning and extending present activities.
• Monitoring and evaluation.
• Revise work plans and budgets to meet present needs.