A loan of $12,700 helped to help 65 villagers hire laborers to help with weeding.

Leik Kan Village's story

Located in Central Myanmar’s Magway Township, this community currently has 65 village customers, including six Community Based Organization (CBO) committee members who help to lead the loan program in the area. In this village, farmers will cultivate seven acres on average. Most villagers are Buddhists and will save money to celebrate cultural ceremonies and offer provisions to monks. Although there are three wells to supply water to the village, two of the wells have broken engines, so only one is working well enough to consistently supply fresh water.

A new loan would enable this community to pay for labor fees. Due to the lack of job opportunities in the village, many young people are migrating to other cities. As a result, there are not many people who are able to work on the farms, and the cost of labor has increased to $4 for one day. Those who own many acres need to hire labor to weed at least twice per season. To supplement crop income, villagers will raise livestock such as goats, work on government-sponsored road construction projects, and collect green gram from neighboring cities.

Pictured above are the committee members from the Leik Kan Village CBO: U Soe, Daw Shwe, Daw Mar, U Kyaw, U Phel, and Daw Than. Included in the photo (third from the right) is U Soe, who is 38-years-old and the father of two small children. The new loan would help him to pay for laborers to weed his farm to protect his crops. He expects to spend about $150 in labor fees this farming season.

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