Supoj lost his job and is losing his vision. His wife, Wilai, is already blind. Their new home, however, is a sight to see, thanks to Panthera Group.
Residents of one of 29 slums in Bangkok’s poor Thung Khru District, the couple didn’t have a house. They lived amid piles of scrap and garbage, a tarp doubling as a roof and gaping holes in the walls serving as windows.
Paul Hayward, co-founder of Panthera Group, a diversified management company with investments in hospitality, food and beverage, property management and law, was shown a video about the couple’s plight by Kiiran Shanker, head of the the Kiiran Care Foundation. Hayward knew instantly he had to build them a house.
The 250,000-baht house wasn’t large. By law, slum houses are limited to 25 sq. meters. But it’s clean, secure and protects the elderly couple from the elements and other dangers.