The Northeast region of Thailand, Isan, is one of the country's poorest and most isolated regions. This creates challenges for leaders from the area working toward economic development. Access to higher education changes this picture.

Ford IFP Thailand Alumna Theerada Namhai is from Plaboo, a farming village in the northeast region of Isan, Thailand. After her IFP fellowship, Theerada returned to Isan and founded the Farmer Community School, an educational collective that encourages local farmers to share knowledge about sustainable practices. Theerada also runs a weaving collective that empowers women in her village to gain financial independence through income-generating activity.

Filmed and edited by Diana Whitten
Music by Jeremy Goddard

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