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Shwe Su Village
Located in Central Myanmar’s Yin Mar Pin township, this community currently has 31 village customers, including 9 CBO (Community Based Organization) committee members who help to lead the loan program in the area. Currently, this community is having difficulties with drought. Mostly, they have to rely on rain water for their animals and home. Water supply from the well is not enough for the entire village. This year, due to the weather inconsistency, villagers' yields of popular crops such as sesame and green gram are lower than expected.

This new loan would enable this community to invest in raising and selling livestock, such as pigs. Villagers prefer to raise pigs and sell them back for profit. One small pig is about $50 and can be sold back at $120 after raising it for about one year. This profit would help them buy farming inputs, such as seeds or fertilizer, or support family expenses, such as health emergencies and school fees. Livestock is their second source of income after farming for these villagers and is less reliant on weather. For additional income, villagers will operate small grocery stores and send their children to the cities to work in ports.

Pictured above are the committee members from the village CBO: U San, U Kyaw, U Aung (leader), U Win , U Zaw , U Chit, U Hla, U Kyaw Kyar, and U Khin. Included in the photo is U Aung (third from the left), the 61-year-old father of one child. His main business is cultivating paddy, millet and sunflowers. As his son is a university student, he has to support his educational expenses. This new loan would help him to purchase two small pigs to raise and sell back for profit. He will use some parts of the loan to buy high quality seeds.

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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.

About Myanmar (Burma)

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 7
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    Myanmar (Burma) Loans Fundraising
  • $1,554,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 974.0
    Myanmar Kyats (MMK) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $6,075 helped Shwe Su Village to help 31 villagers raise and sell livestock, such as pigs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Oct 1, 2014
Aug 26, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 21, 2015