Total loan: $10,000

Khin Khin

Yangon, Yangon Region, Myanmar (Burma) / Health

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A loan helped to stock her pharmacy with essential healthcare products.

Khin Khin's story

Located in southeast Asia, Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in the world. Due to strict regulations, it can be very difficult to import medication, making small pharmacies a critical resource for communities to access medicine. Khin Khin, an intrepid female entrepreneur, started her small pharmacy business in 1999 at a busy market in Yangon to help fill this gap. For years, her shop sold medications in small amounts, sometimes even single doses. For the past several years, Khin Khin has been working with Building Markets, a nonprofit that helps small businesses grow and reach larger markets. With this support, she learned to identify new opportunities for her pharmacy, from serving walk-in customers to fulfilling orders for large organizations. Khin Khin is particularly impressive because she has not only been committed to increasing access to medicine, she has invested in her employees, training them about pharmaceuticals so they can continue on to a career in healthcare. Due to her dedication, Khin Khin’s businesses is expanding. However, accessing the capital to support this growth is not easy in Myanmar. And, fulfilling larger orders can deplete her stock, making it necessary for her to buy more products to continue serving her customers. With this loan, she will be able to stock more medication, allowing her to expand her pharmaceutical sales, boosting her business and providing essential healthcare products to those in need.