Fellow Since 1990
Appropriate Technology Development for Rural
This description of Chaiwat Yaowapongsiri's work was prepared when Chaiwat Yaowapongsiri was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1990.
Chaiwat Yaowapongsiri is showing how ingenious, inexpensive appropriate technology can work to solve problems, improve living conditions, and create economic opportunities for Thailand's rural poor. By applying domestic know-how to both age old tasks and new low-tech industries, he is changing the perception among villagers that they can progress and prosper only with the aid of expensive imported technology.
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