FINCA helps Burmese living in poverty access basic services to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
1 FINCA VENTURES INVESTEES
Energy INDUSTRY SUPPORTED
For a long time, the reliance on kerosene lanterns gave Jane Namusisi constant worry. Now, a high-quality and affordable solar home system fills her home with clean, reliable lighting. “With kerosene lamps, I worried that the children would get burned in the house or there would be damage to my property.”
Much of Myanmar (also known as Burma) history has been dominated by oppressive military rule. The generals who ran the country suppressed almost all dissent and stood accused of gross human rights abuses, prompting international condemnation and sanctions. Most recently, an army operation has driven more than half a million Muslim Rohingyas to flee to neighboring Bangladesh, in what the United Nations called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
Nearly three-quarters of adult Burmese remain financially excluded and about one-third of the population lives in poverty. In addition, access to basic services, like energy, water and sanitation, education, health care and agriculture, is often inadequate.
When poor people have access to financial services and life-enhancing products, they can earn more, build their assets, create jobs and cushion themselves against external shocks. FINCA is helping Burmese improve their lives by supporting access to basic services through FINCA Ventures.
32.1% LIVING BELOW POVERTY LEVEL 2
$6,161 ANNUAL PER CAPITA INCOME 3
74.4% FINANCIALLY EXCLUDED 4
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1Information is updated on an annual basis
2Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population)
3GDP per capita, PPP (current international $)
4Adult population lacking account at a formal financial institution