When hammock enthusiast Joe Demin visited a tiny island in southern Thailand on vacation, he discovered some of the most comfortable hammocks he'd experienced, captivated by the intricate weaving and beautiful colors. He was surprised to learn that the hammocks were created by artisans of the Mlabri Tribe, who, along with fellow hill-tribe groups in the rural Mae Lai Valley, have endured extreme poverty, field labor in harsh conditions, illegal slash-and-burn agriculture, malaria outbreaks, and malnourishment. Inspired, Joe founded Yellow Leaf Hammocks to join with the tribe in building a global brand and help bring them sustainable, long-term social and economic change.
Help Yellow Leaf Hammocks create sustainable incomes for Mlabri weavers with this Grassroots campaign.
- For $87, you get a recliner-chair "sitting" hammock (a $149 value).
- For $107, you get a double-wide "queen-size" hammock (a $179 value).
Each hand-woven hammock comes in many colors including the multi-colored Rainbow, the navy-and-white-striped Newport, and the natural Big Sur. You'll choose the fabric color when redeeming on the merchant site. Click here to view an image of each design option.
Weavers handcraft every hammock with up to 150,000 interwoven loops and more than 4 miles of microyarn, making it strong enough to support up to 330 pounds. Also, the quick-drying yarn can be left outdoors without fading or acquiring mildew. Packaged in reusable tote bags made from repurposed parachute fabric, each hammock comes with a Hammocking 101 guide and a postcard relating the story of the weaver who made it.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks currently works with 110 weavers as part of its commitment to generating a positive impact on four different levels—economic, environmental, social, and cultural. Whereas a family of five Mlabri field laborers might earn fewer than 300 baht ($10) in a month, a weaver can make enough money to comfortably support her family for the same amount of time by creating just one hammock. What’s more, weaving jobs help prevent forest destruction by removing people from slash-and-burn farming enterprises, and a stable income from weaving enables children to attend school rather than work the fields. Through their partnership with Kiva, Yellow Leaf Hammocks also provides effective microfinance solutions to help artisans have secure work and gain financial independence.
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