Naowarat Khakhay was elected president of the Thai Women’s Empowerment Fund, which will offer low-interest loans to help women develop skills and careers.
Khakhay, wife of Pattaya Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay, most recently headed the Pattaya Ladies Development Group. She will be joined on the fund’s board by Malee Raksaratsadorn, Lawan Sreenak, Kessarin Temhath, Parichart Kumnerdkhonkaen, Sattakorn Sanhathanang, Janthra Aekmik, Kanyarat Polyiem, Jidapa Aemik, Kanyarat Polyiem, Jidapa Phuphuak and Nittaya Sreebanyong.
Naowarat Khakhay (back row, 6th from right) and representatives from various communities in Pattaya City pose for a group picture with the committee of Thai Women Empowerment Funds and officers of Pattaya Social Welfare.
The fund, which goes into action later this year, aims to combat domestic abuse and a dearth of economic opportunities for women by offering low- and no-interest loans to develop incomes, jobs and careers. Females as young as 15 will be to apply for financial aid.
“I urge all members to work in preserving and protecting women’s right because women have many burdens to carry whether it is their husbands, children or housework and careers. In this work, we all must care for one another and to spread the words to others,” Naowarat told the new board.
Those interested in becoming a member of Thai Women Empowerment Funds can contact Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education at 038-253-260-61.