Pi Tauk Kone
The new loan will help village clients purchase livestock, which is their secondary source of income after farming groundnuts and sesame. They aspire to raise goats, sheeps, and pigs and use the manure as natural fertilizer to improve their farms' soil conditions. One small animal costs about $50 and can be resold for a profit. With this extra income from livestock, villagers can support their families' health, education, and living expenses. Also, extra money is contributed to village development projects, such as repairing the water basin and rebuilding the village roads.
Pictured above are the committee members from the Pi Tauk Kone Village CBO: U Win, U Hlaing, U Myo, U Khine, Daw May, and Daw Mya. Included in the photo (third from the right) is U Khine, who is 33 years old and married. His son is in University, and U Khine supports his education. He purchased topsoil and fertilizer with his past loan and wants to purchase three or four goats with this new loan.
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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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