In 2017, Ma Ei Chaw and her day laborer husband took a 130,000 Kyat loan from a CWS-initiated community development fund. Their goal was to improve their two young sons’ nutrition, which has assessed to be quite poor. Surprised by this, Ma Ei Chaw was determined to change things – and she did!
First, the couple bought a piglet for 85,000 Kyat, plus feed and supplies to build a pen. The piglet matured, was bred and bore seven piglets, of which Ma Ei Chaw sold six to earned 300,000 Kyat. She kept one gilt to breed and plans to sell the sow for 200,000 Kyat more. Being ambitious to do more for their sons, Ma Ei Chaw says, “We have already paid back 90,000 Kyat to the community development fund. And, we have invested in more fishing nets for my husband to use next rainy season. More nets will let him catch more fish; and we will have even more income. We really appreciate CWS helping our village start a fund to support loans that help us to avoid debt to money lenders … and build a brighter future”.
From an initial investment of less than $100, Ma Ei Chaw and her family have more income for more protein-rich food and for improving their house in Myanmar’s weather-challenged delta region.
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