A loan of $5,600 helped to help 29 villagers purchase pigs, animal feed and vitamins to help them grow.

Bant Bway South Village's story

Located in Central Myanmar’s Yin Mar Pin township, this community currently has 29 village customers, including 8 CBO (Community Based Organization) committee members who help to lead the loan program in the area. This village is located in Myanmar's dry zone, where insufficient rainfall is very common. Most villagers are Buddhist and struggle finding access to affordable credit, as the state-owned agricultural bank is not active in the area.

These villagers are planning on buying pigs with their loan. One small pig costs about $50 and it is usually sold at $120, for a $70 profit. To ensure the health of these pigs, they will also invest in animal feed and vitamins. Raising livestock is a crucial business for farmers in this village, because it is a more stable income than income from their tomato, millet, sesame and pigeon crops, as harvests are variable depending on the season's rainfall. Villagers also supplement their incomes by growing limonia trees and making clothes.

Pictured above are the committee members from the village CBO: U Aung, U Nyo, U Win, U Aung, Daw Khin, U Lin, U Aung, and U Shwe. Included in the photo (first from the left) is U Aung, who is 42-years-old. He purchased two small pigs with his past loan. The new loan would help him to buy animal feed and vitamins to ensure that his pigs are healthy and grow quickly.

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