Income diversification and networking opportunities for women farmers in Thailand

 
 
Organization

CARE France

Country

Thailand

Thematic area

Access to economic resources

Duration

2014-2018

 
 
  • Group of participants of craft production proud to present their work.
    Group of participants of craft production proud to present their work.
  • An artisan from an embroidery production group respecting traditional know-how of northern Thailand.
    An artisan from an embroidery production group respecting traditional know-how of northern Thailand.
  • A farmer from the mountainous region of the province of Chiang Mai in Thailand sifts rice production before selling it.
    A farmer from the mountainous region of the province of Chiang Mai in Thailand sifts rice production before selling it.

The context

In Northern Thailand’s mountainous Chiang Mai province, the average income of the population is 50% lower than the national average. The region is home to marginalized ethnic minority groups who depend primarily on revenues from agriculture. Communities, in particular women, are being threatened by environmental degradation due to intensive farming and climate change.

 
 

The project

CARE France is working to empower women from ethnic minorities in the province of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand by enabling them to diversify their revenue sources. The goal is to increase their income by developing environmentally-friendly farming and artisanal activities (production of rice, local fruits and vegetables, and raising of livestock).

 
 

The support

With support from the Fondation CHANEL, since 2014, CARE France has created 10 groups, composed of 185 members, in 10 villages throughout the province of Chiang Mai. The groups were able to identify the products with the greatest market potential and develop a business plan to launch their own businesses. In 2016, the Foundation renewed its support for the project in order to further build the groups capacities, increase their access to local markets, ensure that the business groups’ activities are sustainable.

The results

  • 10 business groups, composed of 185 members, were created in 10 villages
  • Women learned how to identify products that can be sold on local markets, prepare a business plan and present it to local government officials to raise funds
  • 9 out of the 10 groups have already succeeded in increasing their income as a result of their new business
  • 1,133 women, aged 15 to 60, have directly benefitted from this project.
  • Women’s capacities, resources, and knowledge have increased & men have been educated about gender inequalities and are acting to improve gender equality in their communities

 
 

The partner

CARE France was founded in 1983 and is a member of CARE International, one of the world’s leading humanitarian groups. CARE works to end extreme poverty around the globe by implementing projects on access to education, clean water, health, food security, and income generating activities.

 
 
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