Guest blogger Lauren Leatherby is a first-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School who spent Winter Break…
Our bottom line: Changed lives
Myanmar farmers have it tough, and we’ve made it our job to help make it easier. With our irrigation products alone, customers are making an average of $200 more per season. That’s a 30% increase in annual income, and it’s helping put food on the table, keep kids in school and set families up for a brighter, easier future. Definitely something to smile about.
Celebrating lives made easier
Making rural lives less burdensome and more productive for thousands
When we were designing our drip sets, we met with farmers who would haul 6-8 tons of water per day on their shoulders. We saw the welts on their bodies that the yoke and sprinkler cans they were using had caused. Our drip set does that for them, for just $30.
When designing our financial services, we talked to families so far in debt that they were forced to sell all of their land and send family members abroad to find work. With one of our loans, the same families are making on average $250 USD more in a season, and paying off the debts that they thought would haunt them forever.
Our infrastructure projects have provided cash for work opportunities for over 60,000 individuals, meaning that they can stay with their families during low farming seasons.
We formed our Farm Advisory Services after meeting thousands of delta farmers who had lost their entire crops to a pest infestation right after Cyclone Nargis. Over 35,729 farmers have now received training on high impact, low cost farming techniques that will get them yields 15% larger than they were getting before, and they have that knowledge for life.