Myanmar is alive again

Myanmar is one of the poorest countries on earth, with most of its 60 million citizens working as small-plot farmers. Most of these people still live in poverty and lack electricity, access to financial services, and productive technology. It is a land of immense need and tremendous opportunity.

That’s where Proximity Designs comes in. Founded in 2004, and already one of the largest non-profits operating in Myanmar today, it works to increase the productivity and incomes of rural households in Myanmar by designing and selling simple, highly efficient agricultural products. Its product portfolio includes a full line of low-cost irrigation equipment, solar energy products for rural households, agricultural loans, and farm advisory services. Its national distribution network reaches 80% of Myanmar’s rural population; and its products and services have boosted the incomes of over 250,000 rural people across the country.

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