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Nattawan Thongkled, or Mam, is part of a new generation who love farming. Mam oversees a 100 rai sugarcane plantation in Phetchabun Province. For many years, she has experienced first hand the high cost of farming, which is very labor intensive, and being put under increasing pressure by rising wages. As such, she was struggling to keep her farm’s finances afloat.
As the secretary of Khlong Lad Pachee’s business cooperative, Mr. Thammasak Maknakorn manages the business operations for the community’s chili sauce and processed mushroom producers. The community has a long tradition of cultivating local ingredients to make these healthy and tasty products for markets in Bangkok. Given the rising healthy lifestyle trend in Thailand, Mr. Thammasak has been trying to connect the cooperative’s products to this lucrative niche market; however, he has found that the cooperative lacks the financial sophistication and marketing know-how to compete with local boutique and international brands.
Jarin Cheicheichom is a fisherman based in Phum Raing Bay, Thailand. He had been leading the Baan Phum Riang Conservation Group for many years, to protect marine life and natural resources in Phum Riang Bay. Although the group’s work had begun to bring back marine life to Phum Raing Bay, in the villagers’ eyes they were considered to be outliers, a peculiar group of fishermen. Crucially, the group was also unable to gain support from local authorities. When they later initiated tourism activities to support this effort, they found the problems persisted.
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Eight months ago, Rojana Boonpetch or Jeed was deep in debt and struggling to find a way out, much like the other sugarcane farmers in Amphoe Si Thep, Phetchabun Province, Thailand.
Miss Duangrudee Wongthanu, or “Aim,” is a grade 11 student and leader of the Chik Kala Team at Kanthararom School, Kanthararom District, Si Sa Ket province. Aim and her team were encouraged by their school to participate in the Krungthai Tonkla Project 2016. Aim comes from Kanthararom District, one of the poorest areas of Thailand.
When Ms. Huyen, Chairwoman of Thong Nhat Commune Women’s Union, first became involved in the WILL project two years ago, she was unable to involve her commune in the meetings. She talked most of the time, with minimal community interaction and she had come to a point where she did not know how to change it. Passionate about improving their situation, she wanted to find a more effective way to connect with the local women. Looking back with hindsight, she now realizes it was the methods that were at fault.
“Thailand’s population is rapidly aging and will have a huge impact on all of us.” said Siriwan Aruntippaitune, Expert on the Elderly at Thailand’s Department of Older Persons (DOP), “Many entities, including the media are frequently raising this topic to the public, however, most of us, especially the working age population, are unaware of the various challenges we are going to face very soon” she continued.