Meet Daw Shwe Lone
26 November 2018
A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY
After Daw Shwe Lone was widowed, she remarried a much older man in poor health and became sole breadwinner for the couple and their young son. They had no home of their own, staying with extended family in a small hut and, as Daw Shwe Lone recalls, “No proper meals, just flour soup for lunch and dinner.”
Joining The Salvation Army microcredit group, she completed the five-day training course then took out her first loan for 100,000 kyat (roughly AU$100) to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables she could sell at the market.
SMALL LOANS, BIG CHANGE
As she successfully repaid each loan, she took out a larger loan, selling more stock and eventually opening her own shop, where she now earns 20,000 to 30,000 kyat (AU$20-30) a day.
She says, “Now life is much better and we can eat nutritious food, three times a day. I have a very busy and happy life now. I feel very proud to be able to support my family.”
That’s not all – she’s also used her savings to help the community buy a water well and a toilet for the school. As they say, a rising tide lifts all boats.