After years of isolation a realistic assessment of the economic and social development in Myanmar is not easy. After the first free elections in 2015, Myanmar is facing an arduous and difficult political change process. Myanmar is still one of the most corrupt states in the world. Only a few years ago, about one quarter of the population lived in absolute poverty, in rural areas the portion is substantially higher. The education sector was neglected for decades. Specialists are urgently needed, not only for the economic opening and development of the country, but also for the democratization process. People suffer from ailing infrastructure, lack of education opportunities and insufficient health care.
Kolping in Myanmar
The Kolping Association in Myanmar currently has 927 members distributed to 60 Kolping Families. Apart from the development of the association the focus of Kolping Myanmar lies on the promotion of small measures generating income on Kolping Families’ level.
Profitable workshop through small loans
The granting of small loans is a big support for people in Myanmar. Already 50 to 150 euro are of help. With this amount they are able to create a livelihood for themselves, because it enables them e.g. to acquire tools or to construct a small workshop. This is a big chance for the Kolping members who finally become occupationally self-employed and economically independent. From their small incomes they later pay back the microcredits in small installments.