Htan Pin Chaung Village
The new loan will mainly help villagers pay the wages of daily laborers who will help the farmers during the busy planting and harvesting seasons. As many young people are migrating to the cities and neighboring countries, such as Thailand, to be traders, there are not enough people for farming. Farmers usually have to pay day laborers a $3 daily wage and contribute as necessary to room and board. In addition to labor fees, farmers must purchase compost and fertilizer to enrich their crops, such as beans and chickpeas.
Pictured above are the committee members from the Hta Pin Chaung Village CBO: U Thaung, U Ko, Daw Myint, Daw Htay, Daw Yin, Daw Yee, Daw Tin, U Myint and U Kyi. Included in the photo (third from the left) is 46-year-old U Thaung, who has six family members. His two sons are now working as construction workers in Korea.
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This loan will be facilitated through Proximity Designs network of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in order to support rural farmers in Myanmar’s Delta and Dry Zone regions. Proximity worked closely with CBOs to provide relief services after Cyclone Nargis and to support village infrastructure projects.
CBOs also play a key role in providing access to microcredit. In this model, CBO committee members support Proximity loan officers throughout the entire loan cycle. They assist in selecting village borrowers and also act as formal representatives during loan disbursement, collection of repayments and other communications. CBO committee members appear in Kiva profiles – often alongside village borrowers – as representatives of the community.
Since families rely heavily on income from farming to support their livelihoods, these loans are structured with a single bullet repayment at the end of the loan term. The timing aligns with expected harvest season when borrowers will be able to repay. All community members who receive financing through the CBO model must repay their portion of the loan before a village will be eligible to receive new funding.
About Proximity Designs:Proximity Designs is a non-profit social enterprise that offers loan products to help small, low income farmers increase their productivity and income. There are around 12 million farmers in Myanmar who make up more than a third of the labor force. The majority of these farmers have virtually no access to formal credit institutions.
In the absence of other financing opportunities, most small farmers in Myanmar are unable to afford the equipment, material, and labor necessary to grow their crops without the help of Proximity Designs. Kiva funding will be used to help Proximity Designs expand its agricultural microfinance operation and reach more low income, rural farmers.
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