RACHA has expanded its Saving for Change (SfC) project to Myanmar in 2016. Currently, RACHA-Myanmar operates in 20 villages of Kayan and Thongwa township located at the Yangon Region. It has formed 20 saving groups with 321 total membership and 98% of the saving members are women. The groups have saved 9,572,000 kyats (USD 7,026). Loans were provided to the members with a very low-interest rate to help the members set up their small-scale businesses such as small grocery stores, pig raising, fish farming, duck farming, and home gardening. The active SfC members were trained to become agents to form more saving groups. More than 1,500 people are directly and indirectly benefiting from these SfC groups.
RACHA Myanmar also conducts monthly health education sessions including reproductive health (cervical cancer, breast cancer, family planning, menopause), maternal, newborn, and child and nutrition to the saving group members and performs knowledge test to assess the members’ learning about the health topics given to them. The members are also provided with leadership training and they are now playing an active role in community health awareness activities.
RACHA’s Community Health Support Project (CHSP) is also implemented in 11 village tracts and 12 villages of Kayan and Thongwa Township situated at Yangon Region. Up to December 31, 2020, RACHA has served 188 active clients (women clients: 186), 39 with the loan portfolio value of Kyats 55,455,000 (or USD 42,657). RACHA awarded the village credit committee after the loan cycle was finished and the loan end cycle survey was conducted.