Ashoka Fellow
Thailand
Fellow Since 1989
Joint Friends of Rural Development
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
This description of Ruang Sooksawasdi's work was prepared when Ruang Sooksawasdi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1989.
Introduction
Ruang Sooksawasdi, a teacher turned developer from northern Thailand, is creating an increasingly interlocked web of organizational, nonformal education and savings and loan mechanisms to give small, chiefly landless farmers independence and an escape route to growth and financial independence.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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