Wan Be Chaing Village
The previous loan was used by the villagers to purchase seeds such as sesame, various beans, and rice paddies. ThIs new loan will help farmers buy livestock, namely cows, pigs and goats. These animals can help on the farm, as their manures can be used as a natural fertilizer, and their offspring can be sold for additional income.
Pictured above are the committee members from the village CBO: U Khin, U Tin, U Than, U Min, and Daw Hnin. Included in the photo (second from right) is U Khin, who is 42 years old and the father of one child, who is in secondary school. He purchased paddy, bean, and sesame seeds with his past loan. He is now saving money to purchase two bulls, which are more expensive than other animals. His new loan, on top of his accrued savings, will make it possible for him to buy the bulls.
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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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