are good for business
Women in Myanmar used some of the profits from their microloan projects to help build a cyclone shelter for when the next climate-charge Big One hits their delta community.
NCP supports microloan projects to assist women in beginning small businesses in Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Zambia and in South Sudan (both inside the country and in South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda). The projects provide income for them and their families, build self-esteem, teach business skills, and give them their own money for needed expenses, their children’s education—or to share with others. And the book Drawdown notes that empowering women is a key step in fighting climate change (see text box at left).
Christina (at right), leader of the women's microloan group in Kabumba, Rwanda, told us, “Our husbands used to consider us worthless, as we brought nothing to the table. Now we are earning money to feed our children and send them to school.”
Daw Hla Myo Nwe (left) lives in the delta of Myanmar. She received a $125 loan and raised 35 ducklings and one pig (she earns $1 for 8 eggs). The pig had six piglets - 45 days later, sold them for $35 each, then the mother for $150. She makes altogether over $600 profit per year - and with this, she was able to send her daughter to university. "Before this we knew nothing about these things. Now we are no longer totally dependent on our husbands, and our family life is sweeter, as our husbands can spend more time at home, since they are not totally responsible for supporting the family now. It has also brought social healing to the women in the community. Now we are cooperating with and supporting each other."
Sigma Sherpa of Kathmandu, Nepal, had been trapped in the entertainment sector - a gateway to the sex trade - before hearing of the microloan project we support via our partner
Shakti Samuha. Now she has a small livestock enterprise earning over $1000 a year. Mina (far right in left photo) lives with her family in the slums of Pokhara, Nepal. Through our partner Shakti Samuha, we provided a microloa for her to start a small tailoring shop. She used to rely on day labor work - sporadic, low-paying and it took her away from her family. Now she has steady income and can remain at home near her young children. She is also able to send her 6th grade daughter Prava to school.
$30 - $300 = a typical loan amount
Small investment, big return!