^(?(oo)?)^ Curious Piglets



Progress-hearted people in Chiang Mai, Thailand, are concerned about the community of Burmese refugees who live and work in a garbage dump in the Thai/Burma border town of Mae Sot, Thailand. 

In May 2013, a co-founder of Evolutionize It was invited into a conversation among friends of the dump. That meeting led to interviews with a number of organizations currently providing resources to the dump community and - most importantly - to talks with leaders at the dump community itself.

Through an interpreter, the dump headmen said this was the first time anyone had asked them what they feel they need in order to see some meaningful change in their lives. (There’s more about what they said in The Trash Dump Talks.)

Piglets for Progress is their idea, and we’re supporting it by asking the world for help on their behalf.


In consulting with their community, the headmen learned that the dump residents are all very concerned about their children’s education.  Their daily income, however, is not enough to feed their families without the kids also spending their days sifting through the trash at the dump.

They can find recyclables to sell and earn a bit more than $1 per person on a good day. In that reality, the adults alone just can't earn enough to make both food and school supplies possible.

The families who are slightly better off are the 55% who are already raising a piglet or two. They sell them easily when they are grown and bring in vital cash for the family.


The headmen would like to see that every family living near the dump has 2 piglets to raise.  

A piglet costs about $45, and can be sold 4-5 months later with very little maintenance and total feeding costs up to $145. That's a potential profit of up to $90 per family per pig over 4-5 months - roughly an extra $20 per month.

Two pigs per family offers a potential income of $40 per month, which is more than what one child would otherwise earn working full time on the dump.

Two piglets means a child doesn’t have to work full time to help feed the family.


About 60 families are already raising a dark variety of piglets that are both hardy and especially delicious, also found back home in the forests of Burma. There is an existing market of people in Mae Sot who regularly come to the dump to buy pigs.

The village headmen are intent on insisting that families reinvest part of the sale price of each grown pig in another piglet, so that this globally crowdfunded investment in their
progress will sustain itself financially for years to come. Keeping grown pigs long enough to breed is a potential evolution that will be explored with a veterinarian we will invite to visit the dump.

Although the primary target of this initiative is to get more kids in school, the headmen would like all families at the dump to benefit equally from this initiative in order to safeguard peace and harmony in the community.


So we’ve developed this campaign,
and are asking YOU to help make the rest history!

  1. Please share this site and our newest campaign at booster.com/pigletsforprogres with your friends!

  2. Thank you to all who contributed to the campaign at startsomegood.com/pigletsforprogress - It’s now finished, we raised $3,821, so Phase 1 is on!

  3. Read more about The 2 Phase Delivery Plan.

  4. If you would like to purchase a grown pig from a family at the Mae Sot trash dump for private delivery in Thailand, please contact us.


At a glance:

  1. Location: Mae Sot, Thailand (at the rubbish dump)

  2. Community: Burmese refugees

  3. Goal: 2 piglets each for 110 families

  4. Objectives: increase family livelihoods; enable more kids to go to school instead of working at the dump

  5. Management: RACI framework

  6. Plan: In 2 phases here.

  7. Total Budget: $10,583 details

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