Pi Tauk Kone Village
The new loan would help this community to buy a variety of seeds, as they grow various crops such as pigeon, sesame, and paddy. Villagers also need to purchase insecticides and pesticides to protect and enrich their crops. One bag of insecticide is about $15, and the required number of bags varies by acreage and crop farmed. In this village, people generate additional income by sewing and crafting handmade products, such as bamboo chairs. About 70% of households are able to sew clothes and make handmade accessories. They are even planning to extend sales to nearby townships.
Pictured above are the committee members from the village CBO: U Win, U Aye, U Shwe, U Myint, and Daw Cho. Included in the photo (first from the left) is U Win, who is 57-years-old and the father of two children. His eldest son just graduated from University, and the younger one is currently enrolled in University. With his new loan, he wants to purchase farming inputs, such as sesame seeds and fertilizer, for his farm.
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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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