Securing Livelihoods

The Karen rely on subsistence farming to survive, but the harsh mountain climate of northern Thailand makes it difficult to grow crops without irrigation. Most do not grow enough rice to feed their families, and an inability to grow cash crops means that many live off as little as 30 cents a day. This limits the ability of farmers to pay for healthcare or schooling for their children, with many young people forced to find work in larger towns so that they can send money back to their parents and siblings.