In rural Myanmar, farmers are extremely vulnerable to changing commodity prices. Selling crops at harvest time is a bad idea because the supply is high and the selling price is low.
However, farmers are often forced to sell at harvest time because they have no way of storing the crops. As a result, they end up with very little profit and even less to live on. Escalating debt and loss of land to money lenders ensues. Farmers are forced to work on their own land as debt slaves for corporate companies. This is called debt slavery.
We are currently in the process of setting up our own grain drying and storing process!
After previously working with a third party miller who dried the grain for us, we will soon be able to offer farmers access to our own private grain drying machine. This will allow us to complete this process ourselves which in turn means more profit back to farmers.
After the grain is dried it is then transferred to grain saver bags which helps farmers store their crops for up to five months. Farmers can withstand market fluctuations and can gain up to 50% more income by selling when the price is higher.
Grain saver bags provide an affordable, efficient alternative to the expensive, steel storage from Europe. Successful worldwide, the grain saver bag technology from Sweden has recently been introduced to Myanmar.
Our first trials yielded stunning results with more than 200% return on investment.
This programme works in tandem with our New Hope Seed Banks programme to free farmers from debt slavery.
With your help we can continue providing grain saver bags to poor farmers in Myanmar, so they can lift themselves out of poverty.
Meet Nang Hla Khin and Nang Noung Noung
Nang Hla Khin (19) and Nang Noung Noung (25) were very poor. Desperate to make ends meet, the two friends were planning on going to Thailand to find jobs. It was likely that they would have been trafficked or forced to work dangerous or illegal jobs, like many other women migrant workers from Myanmar.
Thankfully, they now have a source of income and can stay with their families. This year, they will be harvesting corn and rice that Circuit helped them grow without going into debt.