For the past 3 years, Partners Relief and Development‘s Sustainable Schools Program has helped impoverished communities start their own community-run businesses by providing seed money to help get the businesses up and running. There are now 27 communities in Shan State and 1 in Karen State that are helping educate their kids through profits from their businesses. The community businesses cover a wide range of activities including cattle, micro-loans, corn, rice, and agricultural tools trading.
Here’s an example of one of the communities Partners is helping. The village (which cannot be named for security reasons) has existed for 50 years and is far from the city and also far from the main road. The road is dirt, so in the rainy season it takes an hour’s walk and another hour’s drive to get to the city. The 35 households in the village rely on highland farming, growing rice and corn; some also raise cows.
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