"As a village headman, I support people in my village to have a job, have a stable income."
Meet Ekkarak, a village headman of Moo 9 in Nong Jorrakay, Kabinburi district. He lives with his wife, daughter, and son. As a village headman, he spends every day at his office and must sometimes represent his village in meetings held by the district chief, on top of working in his fields. He farms rice and trees through the Paper-Tree Project. He plants his trees along the ridges of his rice fields. He enjoys selling them because it increases his household income, helps pay his children’s college tuition, and helps pay down his family’s debts. He explains that he also helps others harvest their trees to sell, which is another source of income for his family. It is also helpful to others because most people don’t have the proper equipment to harvest down their own trees. He loves planting the Paper-Tree and other trees because he doesn’t really have to worry about the changing weather conditions throughout the year. He says the Paper-Tree is extremely low maintenance and he likes that.