Can you donate a never ending gift this Christmas?
People in Myanmar need our support more than ever. After another year of COVID lockdowns, an ongoing military coup, damaging floods, and now rising inflation, the provision of microfinance through our in-country partner, ZMF, is crucial.
With life, safety and freedom in turmoil, for many of ZMF's clients who are relying on micro loans to continue operating their businesses, we are their lifeline.
We need your help to continue to support these clients.
The special thing about a donation to ADC is that your donations are never ending.
The magic of microfinance is that as loans are repaid, the money is lent out again and again, recycling and multiplying the impact of every dollar.
In the 13 years we have been operating, we have seen significant political and economic changes. Despite these, we have been a constant for the people of Kalaymyo, thanks to support from people like you. In fact, for every dollar that has been donated to date, we have distributed more than $10, truly demonstrating the ongoing impact of your donations.
You can support people like Daw Tee Hlaing, a widow living with five family members. After accessing a micro loan, she opened a small shop at the local market selling basic goods in the early morning. She has been able to carve out an income to contribute to the household.
Prior to accessing microfinance, she was force to borrow informally from a local loan shark to afford the hospitalisation of her youngest son when he suffered ill-health. The exorbitant interest rate impacted Daw Tee Hlaing and her family for a long time.
Daw Tee Hlaing hopes to borrow another micro loan to expand her shop offerings to include dried fish and clothes, and repair her home. But she’s very modest, telling us “I don’t want to expand very big. I’m already old and can’t drive a motorbike for selling [beyond the market].” Daw Yee Hlaing is a savvy businesswoman who can now pay her way, afford to feed herself, and cover necessary living and healthcare expenses. Without access to micro finance, her future would’ve been much more vulnerable and uncertain.
By supporting people today with micro loans, you're also supporting our future clients. We don't know what we'll see over the next 13 years, of that we're certain, but we do know that demand for micro finance is going to be high. We also know that, with your help, we'll be able to support motivated and resourceful people to build their own pathway out of poverty; for themselves, their families, and their communities.
A donation of any size this Christmas will make a meaningful and transformative difference.
With gratitude for any support you can provide.
Andy and the ADC team