Total loan: $4,125

Ma Yan-1 Village Group

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Kungyangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma) / Agriculture

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A loan helped purchase paddy seeds, rent farming equipment and buy petrol.

Ma Yan-1 Village Group's story

Ma Yan village is located in Kungyangone Township (Delta Region) in Myanmar. Agriculture continues to be the main industry in Myanmar. The country was once Asia’s greatest exporter of rice and rice remains the country’s most crucial agricultural commodity. Rice farming is the main activity in this village, but every family engages in additional income-generating activities to diversify their income from the one monsoon paddy season. These additional income-generating activities include raising livestock such as pigs and ducks or planting seasonal fruit.

Pictured above are five leaders named Aung, Hla, Win, Nyo and Myat who oversee the 17 loan clients out of 170 households in the village. The featured borrower, Aung (first from the left), is a 43-year-old, married father of four children. Aung earns a living by cultivating paddy rice on his five acres of land as well as planting betel leaf. This loan will help Aung and other group members purchase paddy seeds, rent farming equipment and pay for petrol.

For Aung, this year he wishes to increase his rice production to get the best price on the market. Aung’s two younger children are still in high school and he wants them to be doctors. He said, “The reason why I'm striving to be the most profitable farmer is so I can be ready to give my full support when my children go to university.”