IN ADDITION TO SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL CHANGE, WE BELIEVE PASSIONATELY IN TRAVEL, NAPS, GOOD FOOD, GREAT FRIENDS, LONG TALKS, BROADENED HORIZONS + A SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE.
[WE ARE ALSO 100% POSITIVE THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF EVERYONE SPENT 15 MINUTES A DAY IN A HAMMOCK.]
SPREADING BLISSFUL RELAXATION WORLDWIDE AND EMPOWERING FAMILIES + COMMUNITIES
TO RISE ABOVE POVERTY BY CREATING SUSTAINABLE, FLEXIBLE, SAFE, HIGH-WAGE ARTISAN
Every Yellow Leaf Hammock is 100% handwoven by hill-tribe artisans in rural northern Thailand. The opportunity to weave hammocks and earn a good wage is transformative for our weavers and their families.
These weavers and their children previously worked as indentured field laborers, surviving on just a few dollars a month. Through job creation, we are empowering weavers and communities to escape poverty and join the middle class. Instead of charity, we are providing them with the tools and the dignity to build a brighter future.
Before weaving, most families worked in back-breaking slash + burn agriculture. Eking out a living on a few dollars a month, they often ended up trapped in debt slavery. Destructive land-clearing and toxic pesticides took a dreadful toll on the regional environment. Instead of going to school, children worked in the fields alongside their parents. The cycle of poverty and misery seemed inescapable.
To resolve this complex matrix of obstacles, we are spearheading a “Four Pillars” Approach to Sustainability
A bearded bon viveur born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Joe is a lifelong hammock connoisseur who spent 25 years looking for the perfect hammock (imagine trying to pick out a restaurant with him!). When he finally found a hammock that lived up to his ideals, Joe took the world's longest cab ride (600 miles) to a rural village in the hills of Northern Thailand and struck a partnership to bring these perfect hammocks to the rest of the world!
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Rachel spent twenty years suffering from hammock-phobia after a childhood face-smashing/hammock-flipping incident. Luckily, she was cured by her first nap in a Yellow Leaf Hammock (don't even get her started on our awesome anti-flip designs!). Rachel is passionate about economic development and can usually be found at a cocktail party, by the food, explaining (charmingly) why it is so important to invest in women and children.
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