A few years ago, Step Ahead helped a young YWAM pastor Arun and his wife Bang step up their goat production microenterprise in their poor rural community on the border to Burma. Since that $5000 small enterprise loan, you might say its been goats, goats, and more goats. Today, Arun is basically the goat raising source and consultant as more villagers discover that an in-kind loan for goats can be an answer to more economic opportunity in this very poor community.
Thailand’s third largest province, over 734,000 people live in Kanachanburi, surrounded by mountains and bordering Myanmar to the west.
With origins tracing back to the reign of King Rama I, who established the area as a defence against invading Burmese in the late 18th century, Kanchanaburi is also known for it’s geographical role in World War II – the site of the infamous "Death Railway" and the bridge over the River Kwai.
Today, outside tourist areas, Kanchanaburi residents are among Thailand’s poorest and due to the proximity to the border, tensions between ethnic groups are common.