Isaree Khreusirikul - Thailand
Isaree Khreusirikul - Thailand

Title: Country Director, Heifer Thailand

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

How long have you worked for Heifer? 2 years 8 months

What attracted you to work for Heifer? Heifer believes that lifting people out of poverty is not just about distributing inputs, but it is also about building communities, producing deeper level impact and transformation. Heifer reinforces the practice of "Passing on the Gift," which is one way of creating sustainable development.

What has been the most memorable experience you have had while working for Heifer? There have been many memorable experiences working with Heifer. One time, when I visited Lahu self-help group members of a project in the North, the female project participants came to me and expressed their gratitude to Heifer with pride. They shared how the project has helped promote the role of women, better their lives, and create unity in the community. Their community has been recognized and supported by different government offices because of increasing amounts of saving and secured income, natural resource management initiatives, and strong self-help groups. They have shared the wonderful feeling of passing on offspring, cash and knowledge to other needy families more than once.

My education includes: Bachelor of Arts in French with a Minor in Community Development; Masters of Business Administration from Khon Kaen University

My hobbies include: reading, aerobics dancing and listening to music

My family consists of: my husband, who is retired, our 24-year-old son, and myself

Something about me that you might not know: I like to read aloud so I can focus and remember well.

What is the best thing about working at Heifer Thailand? Heifer puts principles into practice at all levels (staff, partners and self-help group members). The Cornerstones are the foundation for everything we do, including our development approach. Heifer Thailand has reached out to very needy, poor and marginalized groups that have had little opportunity to enjoy the country's economic growth, such as the Hill Tribes, those affected by leprosy and HIV, and people living in extreme poverty in remote ares of the North and Northeast. Heifer does this in partnership with community-based organizations and local authorities to insure that these people have secured income and savings, healthy food, and happy lives through agricultural and livestock activities, a series of general development and technical training, monthly meetings and reflection. More importantly, it is so good to see these disadvantaged groups graduate from Heifer projects to gain the acceptance and support of state and civil societies.