Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities, Kayin State, Myanmar

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities, Kayin State, Myanmar

With funding from USAID, the Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project is employing Pact’s women’s economic empowerment model, WORTH, in Southeastern Myanmar to strengthen participants’ ability to support themselves and their families financially. The WORTH model brings women together to form their own savings and loan groups, from which they can take low-interest loans to start or strengthen existing businesses or cover unforeseen expenses in their family. Participating women also get access to financial and entrepreneurial training, and micro-enterprise opportunities.

In this video, Pact Myanmar shows how the WORTH project is helping women such as Ma Zin Moe Oo in Kayin State. With five children, her husband previously struggled to provide for their family. When women formed a WORTH group in her village, Ma Zin Moe Oo became a member and started contributing monthly savings. After six months, she was able to take a loan from the group to start a small shop. The loan was small enough and with low enough interest rates that she can afford to pay back the loan, while helping to provide for her family.

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